04/02/2014 10:38 am ET Updated Apr 02, 2014

How One Plus-Size Woman Is Changing The Way We See Beauty

Hollywood Boulevard has never looked better.

Amani Terrell of Los Angeles, CA is creatively taking on the misconceptions of plus-size women. Clad in a bikini on a major street as her runway, Terrell has been working it down Hollywood Blvd., with no shame and awesome game.

"You cannot seek validation from other people, this world is very cruel," Terrell tells FOX KTTV Los Angeles, but finishes with this powerful wisdom, "You must seek validation within yourself and be kind to yourself."

Living in Hollywood, Terrell knows that "there's this mass hysteria of perfection" that exists, which promotes thin women as the definition of beauty. However, Terrell shows that said beauty comes in many different shapes, sizes and colors, despite what one ideal represents.

In addition to breaking down barriers of a so-called norm, Terrell also disagrees with the way others assume how overweight women view themselves. "There's a misconception that big women have low self-esteem, I don't have low self-esteem," Terrell says, and although she acknowledges that she could lose weight, she doesn't let that get in the way of her ability to love herself.

Watch the video above to see Amani Terrell talk more about her mission to spread body positivity around one of the most body-conscious areas in the country.

Follow Amani on Twitter at @FATINLOSANGELES!



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