Courageous Londoner Strips Down In Public For Amazing Cause [WATCH]
Would you ever strip down in a crowded city square to make a statement? This Londoner did, and the cause she’s championing, along with the video posted above, is making its viral rounds on the internet for one amazing reason: to promote body positivity.
Last weekend, Jae West stood in the bustling Piccadilly Circus in London, took off her dress to reveal only her undergarments, blindfolded herself, and set up a sign explaining what she was doing. As the video shows, she held out her hands to offer markers to passersby to scrawl hearts on her body, in order to raise awareness about eating disorders and low self-esteem.
This is the message that appeared on West’s whiteboard sign:
“I’m standing here for anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder or body image issue like me… To support self-acceptance draw a ‘ <3 ‘ on my body.”
West’s actions initially drew concerned and confused looks from the crowd, but as soon as one person drew the first heart, others quickly followed. The best part of the video is when people call her brave.
We see people of all kinds drawing on West’s body, from children to the elderly. It’s clear that this message is universal, important, and courageous. At the end of the video comes a startling statistic: that over 60% of adults feel shame about the way they look. Can this really be true?
Jae West works with a group called The Liberators, who seek to promote unconditional kindness. West’s actions were nerve-wracking for her, even though she seems calm and composed. She wrote about her experience in The Liberators’ blog:
“My heart was racing while all the worst case scenarios were going through my head. I was scared that no one was going to draw a love heart on my body and I was going to be left out there in the open in my underwear on show to be ridiculed.”
But then things changed after that first person drew the first heart:
“As the minutes passed it felt like hours…All of a sudden I felt one of the pens in my left hand slip out of my grasp. The feeling of the felt pen was on my skin was one of the most overwhelming feelings of relief, gratitude and love that I’ve ever felt. I just burst into tears. I don’t know who that first person was but I am so thankful for their contribution. After that first love heart was drawn it felt like others were liberated to follow suit because soon all the pens were leaving my hands at a rapid pace!”
Jae West’s skin was glowing with the tangible signs of self-love as she hugs a police officer, fully clothed, at the end of the video. It must have been such a liberating, enlightening and confidence-boosting experience for her. And for us, it sheds light on a problem we all have, that of maintaining body positivity in an image-obsessed world.