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Why This Mother Stripped Down to Bikini in Public and Cried

In the world we live in, body acceptance can be nearly impossible. In fact, in a study conducted by Glamour Magazine, a whopping 97 percent of women surveyed admitted to having at least one "I hate my body" moment.

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For Amy Pence-Brown, she used to fall into this overwhelming statistic. This mother of three from Boise, Idaho, explains, "I was a chubby kid turned curvy teen turned fat mother, but have been at peace with my body for many years."

In an effort to help others accept their own bodies and to bring attention to the body positivity movement, she stripped down to her bikini at a crowded farmer's market in Boise and urged strangers to draw hearts on her body.

This is a similar experiment to one done in London, but Pence-Brown says she was sure that Boise, Idaho is a less progressive place.

Watch the video here to see what happens:

As you can see, Pence-Brown's fears were quickly alleviated. She says she was "overwhelmed" with warmth, positivity and a faith in humanity. She tells People Magazine that she hopes everyone who sees her experiment is inspired to love themselves and their bodies.

See how these celebs shut down body shamers:

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Mom of three strips down in crowded marketplace

When Nicki Minaj posted a video on Instagram in February dancing with Ariana Grande, people were quick to leave nasty comments about Grande's derriere.

The "Love Me Harder" singer, 21, saw the comment and responded:

"when did it become socially acceptable to comment on what you think is 'wrong' with other people's bodies?? we were having fun! dancing on stage ... i'm shaking my pretty, cute, petite ass next to nicki's pretty, big booty. both are f-cking awesome."

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Kim Kardashian was pregnant with her daughter, North West, when she donned this (now infamous) Dolce & Gabbana floral gown to the 2013 Met Ball. Unfortunately, it earned the reality star a whole lot of mean-spirited comments.

Actress Jaime King recently revealed that she was personally offended by the whole ordeal:

"I couldn't stop crying because here was this beautiful glowing pregnant woman who is probably so excited to be attending the Met ball for the first time with the man she loved, and she had this beautiful dress made for her that was very daring and very gorgeous, and she has a beautiful growing child inside of her, and yet everybody bashed her and called her a whale or said she looked like a couch or drapes," she told ET. 

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Howard Stern caused quite the stir in January when he called Grammy-winner Sam Smith fat.

"You know what I like about the guy? He's fat," Stern said. "I like that he's chubby and gay. That's why I love him."

Smith responded simply on Twitter:

"Can't believe what I've just read."


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Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence revealed that she was once told she was too fat for the business.

"Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn't lose a certain amount of weight," she said. "They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet."

The "Hunger Games" actress, 24, has refused to diet since.

"I'd rather look chubby on screen and like a person in real life," she told Marie Claire

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Christina Hendricks, 39, plays the sexy, confident Joan Harris on AMC's hit drama "Mad Men." In real life, the actress is just as confident, but her curvaceous bod hasn't stopped critics from commenting.

After the 2010 Golden Globes, a fashion critic felt the need to write, "You don't put a big girl in a big dress."

Hendricks has long been a supporter of loving your body. 

"Be nice to yourself!" she told WebMD. "We all need to look in the mirror and see the things that are beautiful in ourselves, and to remind ourselves of what those things are."

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It's hard to see Melissa McCarthy, 44, as anything other than the lovable characters she plays, but Rex Reed of the New York Observer had some harsh words about the actress's figure.

The reviewer referred to McCarthy as "tractor-sized" and a "gimmick comedian who has devoted her career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success."

The "Tammy" star responded in a New York Times piece:

"I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate," she said. "I just thought, that's someone who's in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs."

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Actress Mindy Kaling, 34, recently revealed some of the backhanded compliments she has received from journalists in her usual comedic form.

"You're ugly and fat. It's so refreshing to us," Kaling said about some of the rude comments.

"What? What are you saying to me, sir?"

"Well, we're used to skinny people, and you're so ugly and we love it."

"That's not a question, sir."

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"Amazing Spider-Man" actress Emma Stone, 26, responded to comments she's too thin in an interview last year.

"I've seen a lot of comments that say, 'Eat a sandwich' or 'She looks sick.' I've been looking at myself in the mirror being mean to myself. I'm not sick. I eat sandwiches," she told USA Today. "It bothers me because I care so much about young girls. We're shaming each other, and we're shaming ourselves, and it sucks," she added. 

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Renée Zellweger stepped out looking very different in October 2014, and critics were quick to pounce on her new look.

"I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," she told People

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In January 2014, comedian Jay Mohr, 42, called attention to Alyssa Milano's post-baby figure.

"It seems like she had a baby," he said on the radio. "I don't really give a s--t ... I read it on her gut."

Milano acknowledged that the comments hurt her and expressed her thoughts on body shaming as a whole.

"I think it's an interesting statement about where we are socially that people feel that they can sort of rip a woman's body apart after having a baby," she told Mario Lopez. "I don't think it's fair."

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Taylor Swift's famous friend Lorde came to the "Shake It Off" singer's defense when Diplo, 36, tweeted that "someone should make a Kickstarter to get Taylor Swift a booty" and also launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for an augmentation.

Lorde, 18, quipped back via Twitter:

"@diplo should we do something about your tiny penis while we're at it hm"

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We thought Pink, 35, looked beautiful in a plunging black dress at an event last week, but negative comments about her weight still surfaced online.

"I can see that some of you are concerned about me from your comments about my weight," she tweeted. "You're referring to the pictures of me from last night's cancer benefit that I attended to support my dear friend Dr. Maggie DiNome."

"She was given the Duke Award for her tireless efforts and stellar contributions to the eradication of cancer. But unfortunately, my weight seems much more important to some of you," she continued. "While I admit that the dress didn't photograph as well as it did in my kitchen, I will also admit that I felt very pretty. In fact, I feel beautiful."

There you have it!

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Model Kate Upton, 22, has graced the covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Vogue and more, and yet many have taken to social media to criticize the curvy model for being "fat" or "porky."

"I love my boobs, and I'm proud of my size," Upton said. "That's an important message to young girls. Love who you are and be proud of who you are."

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Jessica Simpson, 34, suffered tons of criticism during her two pregnancies, but she didn't let it get her down.

"I'd been scrutinized about my weight before I got pregnant, so I refused to let anyone steal the joy of my babies," she said in an interview with InStyle.

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Giuliana Rancic, 40, has long received criticism about her "too skinny" frame, but she recently spoke out about her petite physique after the attention got "out of hand."

The E! host revealed to People that her cancer medication has taken a toll on her body.

"I look in the mirror and it's hard for me," she admitted. "I am really thin. I want to look fit and beautiful and sexy, and I can't."

"I refuse to be broken," she added. "I have so many beautiful things in my life."

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Lena Dunham, 28, is proud of her body, and she definitely isn't afraid to show it off. The "Girls" star regularly bares it all on her hit HBO show, and has frequently spoken out against the concept of body shaming.

"You know, it gets easier and easier. My fears came true. People called me fat and hideous, and I lived. And now I keep living," she told The Guardian.

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Gabourey Sidibe has been called "enormous," "scary," "a balloon on the body of a zeppelin" -- and more, but the actress has brushed it all off and pursued her dreams, even after many told her she would never make it in Hollywood.

After critics slammed her appearance on the 2014 Golden Globes red carpet, Sidibe tweeted, "To people making mean comments about my GG pics, I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night."

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Karl Lagerfeld once called powerhouse singer Adele "a little too fat," but Adele, 26, responded in the best way.

"I've never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines," she told People. "I represent the majority of women, and I'm very proud of that."

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Perhaps Britney Spears said it best earlier this week after a concertgoer at her "Piece of Me" residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas called her a "fat b-tch."

"F--king a--hole," Spears shouted into her mic in response.

'Nuff said.

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