Piccadilly Circus is one of London’s busiest thoroughfares — so usually not the kind of place where a woman would want to stand blindfolded and strip down to her underwear. But that is exactly what Jae West did recently, holding a self-made sign that read: “I’m standing for anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder or self-esteem issues like me … To support self-acceptance draw a heart on my body.” West is part of The Liberators International, a group known for staging such public events around social issues. In a blog post on its website, West described her initial nervousness and the feelings of “relief, gratitude and love” once passers-by started actually drawing hearts on her body. “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. It warmed my heart to know that his children and others would grow up understanding the impact of this global issue and have a feeling of contribution after drawing a love heart on my body,” she wrote.
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