Los Angeles is known for many things: great weather, a laidback lifestyle, and Hollywood’s biggest stars. But for many who live in La La Land, the pressure to conform to a certain beauty standard can leave them feeling downright depressed.
But Amani Terrell isn’t having that.
Fed up with Tinsel Town’s obsession with perfection, the 20-year-old aspiring TV producer stripped down to a bikini on Hollywood Boulevard in an effort to inspire others to love themselves.
“You cannot seek validation from other people,” Terrell told Fox 11 News. “This world is very cruel. You must seek validation within yourself and be kind to yourself.”
Terrell weighs 260 pounds and knows she needs to lose weight. However, while she works on trimming down her waistline, she told reporters she refuses to feel bad about her body despite being heckled by some.
While cameras were rolling, one man told her she made him lose his appetite, and another called her “Precious,” as he snapped her picture. Still, Terrell shakes the haters off because she’s confident, no matter her size.
“That was very unkind,” she told the man. “But that’s cool because I love myself.”
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