Mother strips down to bikini for social experiment, left in tears by results

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BOISE, Idaho – It’s not uncommon to struggle with self-esteem issues.

Like many adults, Amy-Pence Brown has struggled with her weight and her image of herself for years.

After watching a video of young woman strip down to her underwear in London to promote self-acceptance, she became intrigued.

However, she was also skeptical.

“We all agreed it was a powerful performance art piece, and discourse ensued. How would it be received if the woman had been less socially acceptable in appearance, like, fat? And, say, a mom who’s nearly 40-years-old? And in a place that was more conservative and less progressive than London like, say, Boise, Idaho?” she wrote in her blog.

She decided that she would shed it all and wear a black bikini, asking strangers to express their self acceptance and love by drawing a heart on her body.

“I was terrified. I was scared that I might get asked to leave by the police or that people would yell terrible things at me or that no one would draw a heart on my body and I’d stand there alone and crying for minutes that felt like hours. Well, none of that came true. Except for the crying part,” she wrote.

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