A woman wore nothing but body paint in public for a day and was shocked by how people reacted and by what she learned from the experience (video below).
In a society obsessed with image, many people have insecurities about their bodies, particularly women. As part of an experiment to overcome these insecurities, one woman decided to walk around in public completely naked, but covered in body paint.
Julie Nolan volunteered to take part in BuzzFeed's experiment. She stripped down and had a T-shirt and jeans painted onto her body.
In the video, Julie says that like many women, she has always been insecure about her body. She recalls times in high school when comments from other students made her feel self-conscious.
"I was in a musical and I had to wear a leotard onstage," Julie says. "The next day I hear someone talking about my cellulite on my legs."
She continues: "I was always really concerned with if I looked skinny enough and that kinda planted a seed in my head."
According to Scribol, a Los Angeles-based body artist named Pashur was recruited to take part in the project. The video shows him painting a simple white T-shirt and a pair of ripped jeans on Julie. His attention to detail on small parts like pockets and buttons makes the fake clothing look very realistic.
"By wearing body paint I feel like I'm taking off a shield and I'm putting myself out there," Julie says as Pashur paints her. "I'm really scared, but I feel like it's going to be a positive step forward."
At the end of the painting process, Pashur adds a sealant to ensure that the paint stays on all day.
Once the process is complete, Julie takes a look at the result.
"It's so cool!" she says as she looks in the mirror. "I'm not as scared now because it looks like I'm wearing clothes."
With the painting done, Julie is ready to step out and see how people react to her outfit -- or lack thereof. She is surprised that as she walks around, nobody seems to notice she is wearing body paint instead of clothing.
"You didn't notice?" she asks the first people she speaks to.
Julie then goes into the BuzzFeed offices to see if anybody notices anything strange. Still, most people seem to be completely unaware of the fact that she isn't wearing real clothing.
At the end of the experiment, Julie says she feels empowered.
"I came into this feeling scared, but I feel like I conquered a really huge fear that I had," she says. "Going outside wearing only body paint is really similar to having insecurities. You feel naked or you feel all these negative things about yourself that no one else sees or no else understands."
In tears as she speaks about her experience, she concludes: "Sometimes you overthink things and you don't want to do things because you're scared of what other people are going to think ... What matters inside is what counts the most, and that's where your strength and your beauty come from first."