Supporting body positivity was her goal. When the first heart was drawn, she was in tears.
I was already impressed with this clip, but when I saw the note from the model who put herself out there in a vulnerable spot ... wow.
Jae West works with the crew of The Liberators International. She had an eating disorder in high school and into her early 20s.
She got the idea for this piece when watching Amanda Palmer talk about getting naked and having fans draw or write on her skin in order to connect with her fans and to "experience the visceral experience of trusting strangers."
For Jae, experiencing what happened in this video was a way to put all of those body images issues out there and ask the crowd for help.
And boy, did they — with hearts of love.
Here's a taste of the short video:
She recalls how hard it was in an article she wrote about the filming of this clip.
"I was scared that no one was going to draw a love heart on my body and I was going to be left out there in the open in my underwear on show to be ridiculed. As the minutes passed it felt like hours. ... 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 was 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."