Plus-Size Woman Strips Down To Bikini And Struts Down Hollywood Blvd. To Promote Positive Self-Esteem
When Amani Terrell stripped down to her bikini and strutted down Hollywood boulevard, she says she was hopefuly that her stunt would help to promote good self-esteem in women and rid Hollywood of its obsession with perfection.
“You cannot seek validation from other people,” Terrell told Good Day LA. “You have to seek validation from yourself. This world is very cruel.”
Terrell, who is a plus-size woman, says that Hollywood promotes the misconception that you have to be thin in order to be beautiful.
“All you see are thin women,” she said. “I came up with this idea because I live in Hollywood and there’s this mass hysteria about perfection—especially in this town. It’s a misconception that big women have low self-esteem. I don’t have low self-esteem.”
The aspiring television producer also confessed that while she realizes that she needs to lose weight, this in no way means that she doesn’t love herself.
“I’m 260 pounds. I know I do need to lose the weight. However, I still love myself regardless.”
While many applauded Terrell for her efforts, including one postal worker who revealed that her daughter is depressed because of her weight, others were not so kind.
“Be kind to yourself. Love yourself. It starts in your mind,” she said in closing.
What are your thoughts on Amani’s efforts? Do you think she’ll have an impact on the way plus-size women view themselves?