This Woman Walked Naked Through NYC for a Truly Awesome Reason

This Woman Walked Naked Through NYC for a Truly Awesome Reason

There are arguably few (if any) women who are completely satisfied with their bodies; feminist vlogger Kat Lazo is no exception. Which is why it seems counterintuitive that she recently decided to stride confidently around her Queens, New York, neighborhood in the nude, and then post footage of the NSFW stroll online for the masses to see. 

"I can say that there hasn't been a day where I'm not consciously fighting against the voices in my head from the pressures of society's beauty standards," Lazo writes in a blog post explaining her decision to film the video. "It's exhausting to constantly reject the lies that the media and sometimes even your own family feeds you. [...] I wanted to silence all the voices in my head so I could hear my own voice."

The video, entitled "Emotions of Weight," begins with a powerful statement millions of women — and men — across the country have thought at some point in their life: "I hate my body." Lazo proceeds to evaluate herself while common insults play in the background. But amid all this shaming, something amazing happens. 

The words "Fuck it" float across the screen followed by, "I look good." Then the film of Lazo joyfully dancing around nude the streets starts to play. "I'm trying to send a message out and to myself not to really care that much and to spend more time with your body, loving your body than we do criticizing our body," Lazo states at the end of the video.

Source: YouTube

While Lazo admitted to Mic that making the video was "nerve-wracking," she hopes it will show women that the problem "isn't their bodies, the problem is a society dictating how women should look and act. Free yourselves of all of these constrictions, spend more time loving yourself than you do criticizing yourself."

This isn't the first time Lazo has taken to YouTube to combat injustice. Lazo told Mic that she started vlogging because her experiences have highlighted "how damaging the messages of the media could be to the development of young girls." This is also the reason she decided to launch the YouTube channel TheeKatsMeow with her friend Sara Waber, to encourage "young folks to challenge the media and question norms through a feminist lens."

So far, Lazo and Waber have used the channel to tackle issues ranging from street harassment to the representation of Latinas in the media to online feminism. While she notes that responses to her videos are "mixed," any criticism is negated by receiving messages "from young girls who say they've never seen some one who looks like me on their screen or that they didn't know Latinas could be proud feminists."

At the end of the day, Lazo told Mic, she wants to "challenge the media, question social norms and encourage young folks, particularly young women, to think critically about the world." And she'll stop at nothing — including nudity — to accomplish her goal. 

h/t Pix 11 

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Julie Zeilinger

Julie Zeilinger is a staff writer at Mic as well as the founder and editor of The FBomb (thefbomb.org), a feminist blog partnered with the Women’s Media Center. She is also the author of "A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism Is Not A Dirty Word" and "College 101: A Girl’s Guide to Freshman Year."

MORE FROM

Despite protest from Senate women, GOP advances devastating bill for women’s health

The Senate will now discuss possible amendments to the American Health Care Act.

The Women’s March launches ‘Resistance Revival’ in effort to keep anti-Trump momentum going

“Sometimes you have to preach to the choir if you want them to keep on singing.”

‘Game of Thrones’ gives fans the feminist sex scene we’ve waited seven seasons for

The women of Westeros are reclaiming agency — over the seven kingdoms and over their own bodies.

‘Girls Trip’ made more money in one weekend in the US than ‘Rough Night’ did in a month

'Girls Trip' and 'Rough Night' have roughly the same plot, but one features a black cast while the other is white.

Women beer drinkers finally get the Beer for Her they never asked for

Why drink a rugged manly beer when you can have Aurosa's pink girly beer instead?!

Six months after the Women’s March on Washington, the Resistance Revival has a message for Trump

"Well I/ Went down to the White House and I/ Took back what they stole from me," the Resistance Revival Chorus sang in a Times Square flash mob last weekend.

Despite protest from Senate women, GOP advances devastating bill for women’s health

The Senate will now discuss possible amendments to the American Health Care Act.

The Women’s March launches ‘Resistance Revival’ in effort to keep anti-Trump momentum going

“Sometimes you have to preach to the choir if you want them to keep on singing.”

‘Game of Thrones’ gives fans the feminist sex scene we’ve waited seven seasons for

The women of Westeros are reclaiming agency — over the seven kingdoms and over their own bodies.

‘Girls Trip’ made more money in one weekend in the US than ‘Rough Night’ did in a month

'Girls Trip' and 'Rough Night' have roughly the same plot, but one features a black cast while the other is white.

Women beer drinkers finally get the Beer for Her they never asked for

Why drink a rugged manly beer when you can have Aurosa's pink girly beer instead?!

Six months after the Women’s March on Washington, the Resistance Revival has a message for Trump

"Well I/ Went down to the White House and I/ Took back what they stole from me," the Resistance Revival Chorus sang in a Times Square flash mob last weekend.