This woman stood blindfolded in her underwear in central London to promote self-acceptance

This is Jae West.

The Perth-born activist is part of the Liberators International, a social movement designed to promote "love and humanity" among us.

As part of that work West and her colleagues recently took part in a daring social experiment. West stood in the middle of Piccadilly Circus, put on a blindfold and took off her clothes - all to spread a message of self-acceptance.

She stood in her bra and knickers holding a sign which read:

I'm standing for anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder or self-esteem issue like me... To support self-acceptance, draw a heart on my body.

Eventually, after what "felt like hours" the general public began to draw hearts on her body - and by the end of the experiment, she was covered in them. In a blog about her experiences, West said:

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 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!

The experiment was filmed by other members of her group, and you can see a video of it below:

Her Liberators International colleague Peter filmed the incident and uploaded it to YouTube. He said the police "were really supportive and were simply asking if she was OK and had friends watching over her".

As for West? She said the idea was inspired by a TED talk from Amanda Palmer called ‘The Art of Asking’:

The unrealistic expectations we place on ourselves can cause us to reject the love that others openly give because of a feeling of unworthiness. I knew this was a global concept that many people could relate to, so putting myself in that situation really was a stand for everyone out there that has been confronted with self-doubt in relation to the way they look.

HTEvening Standard

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