By Susannah Hutcheson, Regular ContributorSeptember 25, 2015
I am immensely talented at losing myself down an Internet rabbit hole. I can type something into the search engine, and an hour later I am knee-deep in random searches and a bunch of weird knowledge that I didn’t have before. This is also directly correlated to my love for Buzzfeed videos. I could get lost on Buzzfeed for hours- What Hogwarts House am I in? What Friends character am I? Can you really guess my age by my music preferences? How many cat videos can I watch before going to class? It’s definitely a habit for me. Occasionally I’ll find really sad or touching videos, or read articles that get me all teary and emotional.
And then, I find videos like Amy Pence-Brown’s. One thing turns into another and I’m sitting in the middle of Cherrywood Coffee Shop in Austin, TX while tears stream down my face and I try to inconspicuously wipe them away and hide behind my Americano.
After facing the same pressures that all of us feel- to look perfect, flab-less, and toned- Pence-Brown stripped down to a bikini in the middle of a busy street in Boise and waited. A sign stood propped up in front of her, reading: “I’m standing for anyone who has struggled with a self-esteem issue like me, because all bodies are valuable. To support self-acceptance, draw a (heart) on my body.”
image via huffingtonpost.co.uk
The reaction was incredible.
Men, women, and children took a marker out of Pence-Brown’s hands and drew hearts on her. People leaned in for hugs, thanked her, and marked her with acceptance. When Pence-Brown took off her clothes and wrapped a blindfold around her own eyes, her vulnerability was at the hands of the thousands of people that walked past her.
Isn’t it beautiful when people come together to celebrate one another? Isn’t it just beautiful when people see the beauty in each other?
Thank you for being #ThatGirl, Amy.
Have you struggled with self-esteem issues? How can we all take Amy's lead and begin to respect our bodies? Tell us below!
Susannah is a Journalism major, passionate about social justice and Jesus Christ. She loves cold weather, triple-shot lattes, and macaroni and cheese. When she’s not writing papers or baking cookies, you can find her Googling random things on the Internet or watching large amounts of reality television. You can read her ramblings at ileftamessinthekitchen.wordpress.com, or look at pictures of her coffee on Instagram: @susannah.beth.
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