"Confidence is a product of action," says the TLC star

By Julia Emmanuele
Updated September 07, 2015 11:35 AM
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We already knew Whitney Thore was Fabulous, but it turns out she’s also pretty fearless as well.

The My Big Fat Fabulous Life star and founder of the No Body Shame campaign hit the streets of New York City with PEOPLE Now to find out what ordinary people really had to say about her weight – and Thore was totally shocked by what strangers had to say.

“I think I was most surprised by people’s inability to find something negative about me,” Thore reveals after bluntly asking strangers what they thought was her “most unattractive” quality. “I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing!”

She continues, “I think partly that’s a good thing, because they were also taking into account my personality, but, partly, I wonder if they’re just a lot more comfortable talking about me behind my back.”

But that wasn’t the only thing that shocked Thore about the exercise – she was also surprised by the fact that the women polled had an easier time picking out parts of her body they didn’t like than the men did. Though she admits her preconceptions might have been “bad judgment on my part,” Thore does understand why women were more likely to dissect her appearance.

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“I think you can tell the way some of the women were quick to point out my arms, my stomach or my ankles [as unattractive qualities], it’s obvious that those are probably also the parts that they’re insecure about themselves.”

And since Thore’s message – and the message of the No Body Shame campaign in general – is one of positivity, self-acceptance and self-confidence, Thore knows exactly how those women (and women everywhere) can combat those negative thoughts.

“Confidence is a product of action,” she says. “It’s not something we’re just born with, it’s not only certain people who deserve it; it’s something you can achieve through action. So get out there and do the things that you love, pursue the life that you want and get out of your comfort zone, and confidence will follow as a result.”

My Big Fat Fabulous Life returns Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.