Most people at some point in their lives deal with the issue of body-image. Recently a woman gained the confidence to once and for all face her body-image issues head on. She walked around all day wearing nothing but body paint, and no one had any idea.
Teaming up with Pusher House professional body painting and wearing nothing but nude underwear and pasties to cover her nipples, she became a living breathing work of art and the centerpiece of this social experiment. The end result was a white t-shirt and jeans.
“Growing up, I never really had much of an issue with my body image until probably late high school,” she said. “I was in a musical and I had to wear a leotard onstage. The next day at school I heard someone talking about my cellulite on my legs. I was always really concerned with if I looked skinny enough and that kinda planted a seed in my head.”
While she was nervous at first, Julie’s fears were alleviated when she saw the final product. “I’m not as scared now because it looks like I’m wearing clothes,” she admitted, adding that wearing the painted ensemble is almost like taking off a shield.
She walked around completely unnoticed until she pointed out what was really happening to strangers.
“I feel like I conquered a really huge fear that I’ve had. Going outside wearing only body paint is really similar to having insecurities,” she said after the experience. “You feel naked or you feel all these negative things about yourself that no one else sees, and no one else understands.”
Tearing up, she conceded, “Sometimes you overthink things and you don’t want to do things because you’re scared of what other people are going to think.” Her advice? Be strong and don’t listen to what other people say — and do not let it matter so much, because it doesn’t. “What matters inside is what counts the most, and that’s where your strength and your beauty come from first.”