By Ernest Rollins
Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) In an effort to raise awareness about body image issues, three Indiana women wore bikinis, blindfolded themselves, and then asked passerbys to write and draw on their bodies. Some of those walking along accepted the invitation and wrote encouraging messages. One read…”Thank you. You are brave, beautiful and amazing,”
Standing blindfolded in bikinis with markers in hand, three Bloomington women invited passers-by on the B-Line Trail Saturday morning to write and draw on their bodies.
The act was a demonstration organized by Bloomington residents Georgia Boonshoft and Amber McKoy to bring awareness to the body positivity issues women face and to stand for those who have experienced body and slut shaming, objectification, eating disorders, sexualization and low self-esteem. Scout Marks joined them as well.
Some of those walking along the trail accepted the invitation from the three women and wrote encouraging messages and drew hearts.
“Thank you. You are brave, beautiful and amazing,” one person wrote on Boonshoft’s right shoulder. McKoy said at first standing there blindfolded was nerve wracking, but as more people approached, some offering gratitude for what they were doing while others engaged them in conversation about body positivity issues, it became more exciting.
“There were so many, especially women, which doesn’t shock me, that just said ‘thank you,'” McKoy said.
Boonshoft said one memorable moment for her was hearing kids stop and ask their parents what was going on and hearing the parents’ explanations. She said it was encouraging because she feels they can influence a younger generation before they have to deal with such issues. Both McKoy and Boonshoft said they would be willing to do something like this again, given the positive response.
The idea is not new, Boonshoft said. Similar demonstrations involving other women around the country can be found on video.