When Jae West stepped onto the busy streets of London, she felt worried and extremely vulnerable at what was about to happen.
She stripped down to her underwear, blindfolded herself and stood in the middle of Piccadilly Circus with a hard-hitting message scribbled on a white board.
West — actress, dancer and yoga teacher from Perth, Australia — represents a social movement called The Liberators International, which is all about inspiring large-scale acts of kindness and bringing communities closer together through positive shared experiences.
Its latest collaboration involved bringing awareness on body positivity and self-acceptance to Londoners. West volunteered to do a public experiment based on her personal experience of dealing with an eating disorder through high school and her early 20s.
West courageously stood in public holding a sign that said: 'I'm standing for anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder or self-esteem issue like me... To support self-acceptance draw a ❤ on my body.'
What do you think the public's reaction was?
In her blog post on Inspiralight website, West admits the was worried and scared that her experiment would do more harm than good:
"As my clothes fell to the ground and I placed the blindfold over my eyes I could feel a shift of attention and confusion stirring in the air. My heart was racing [...] 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 she couldn't have been more wrong.
Suddenly, the pens started leaving West's hands, and more and more hearts appeared on her body. Passersby were cheering and shouting in support of West's initiative.
"One of the most moving and inspiring moments for me was listening to a Father explain to his children what I was doing. He was acknowledging the fact that everyone should love themselves exactly as they are and appreciate the bodies that they are given," West writes.
She hopes her initiative will help people question the true relationship they have with their bodies, and find more positivity and trust in themselves.