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Video: 10 Women Proudly Showed Off Their Hairy Body Parts
10 women spoke frankly about why they gave up depilation. Why do they like it?
The content of the article
- 1 Protest or fashion statement?
- 2 10 hairy women about their choice
Protest or fashion statement? I
There is still a stigma surrounding women who refuse to shave off extra hair in the world, but in 2018 a new, radically different movement emerged in America, which is rapidly gaining momentum.
Inspirational images with hashtags #bodyhair, #bodyhairdontcare, and #womenwithbodyhair are likely popping up on your Instagram too.
A 1999 photo of Julia Roberts' hairy underarms reappeared on social media. Many other celebrities such as Lola Leon (Madonna's daughter), Madonna, Scout Willis (Bruce Willis's daughter) and Miley Cyrus have also shown their desire for naturalness on social media.
What's the point of this? No, this is not done to save money on razors. “By recognizing and supporting the fact that all women have hair on our bodies, and because some of us choose not to hide it, we can help stop judging the female body and have more truthful ideas about real women,” says the company's co-founder. producing Billie razors by Georgina Gooley.
In keeping with this perspective, 10 women proudly share personal reasons why they no longer remove body hair and share how it affected their own perceptions.
10 hairy women about their choice10
“It makes me feel beautiful, feminine and strong” - Roxana S., 28
“I stopped shaving my body hair when I was playing a man in a play a few years ago. I didn't mind hair at all! It made me realize that I am shaving because I feel a certain pressure. Sometimes people make comments to get me to shave off excess hairs, but I do not attach importance to their words. I love the hair on my body and myself the way I am. It makes me feel beautiful, feminine and strong."
“I feel free and more confident” - Laura J
“I gave up waxing for my role in the spring of 2018. There were some body parts that were openly challenging and others that really opened my eyes to the taboo of female body hair.
After a while, when I got used to it, my naturalness began to bring me a lot of pleasure. And besides, those unpleasant moments that usually arise during depilation have completely disappeared. Of course, I began to feel independent, a feeling of self-confidence appeared, although those around me sincerely wondered why I decided this way and not otherwise. And then I realized that we still have a lot to go through in order to learn to perceive each other as we really are. Then I thought about #Januhairy and decided to try it.
My friends and family fully supported me in this! Even though I had to explain why I was doing this, it seemed strange to most of them!
When I first stopped shaving off excess body hair, my mom started wondering if I was lazy or trying to prove my point. But is it lazy if I just don't want to shave? And why on earth should I explain something to someone?
As soon as we spoke with my mother frankly about this, she realized how ridiculous these questions are. After all, when we do the same things over and over again, it becomes normal. Now she's going to support #Januhairy too, because it's kind of a challenge! This is not angry propaganda, but rather a way of empowering each person to better understand themselves and those around them."
“It makes me feel sexier and more alive.” - Lee T., 28
“I stopped shaving my bikini area and leg hair, so now I go“naturel”everywhere. It makes me feel so real … as if I don't need to seem like someone else. I feel sexier, livelier and more confident than before when I tried to drive myself to shave into the framework of society's expectations.
This doesn't apply to everyone, and I'm not preaching hairy armpits at all. Everyone should do what they want with their body. But not everyone has such a privilege - I admit that it is my right - to wear hair in public without risking my safety, although I face condemnation, criticism, and malicious comments. I even lost 4,000 followers when I posted pictures of myself with body hair on Instagram. It just made me much more confident that I make the right decision about my body, no matter how it looks from the outside!
"To Heal a Razor Burn Forever" - Tara E., 39
“After decades of daily underarm irritation from shaving, I decided to let the rashes and razor marks heal. Why did I do this to myself? Did I think blistered armpits were sexier than hairy ones? I made a choice to love and accept my body as it is. Plus, razor blades are expensive, so I enjoy saving money."
“Because body hair is natural” - Debbie A., 23
I stopped shaving off my body hair because it’s part of who I am. Society has been telling women for so long that hair is rude and indecent. It's natural for me, everyone has them, so why don't I love it?
I'm a relatively low-key person, but razors are chores, plus I'm prone to ingrown hairs. And this causes quite painful sensations. Many years have passed since I didn't buy a razor - both my wallet and my body thank me for that.
"To change the perception of beauty standards" - Jessa K., 22
“Women are constantly being persuaded to buy groceries and pay for procedures that supposedly strengthen the belief that being hairless means being beautiful.
We are told that our bodies in their original form are not good enough. That's why it's important for me to fight for women's rights not to shave off their body hair. Or not, rather for their rights to independently decide where to shave off the hairs and where to leave them. For example, I can pluck my eyebrows, but I don't touch the hairs above my upper lip, I don't shave my armpits or legs.
After all, what we women choose to do with our bodies is our choice. And if we choose to leave small antennae or hairy legs, or shave them once a week, then this is exclusively our choice, and not a society of self-confident people who like to dictate. By adhering to this position, I hope to gradually get rid of that frightened little girl who sits inside me and is terribly afraid that someone will notice an extra hair on my body."
“I stopped shaving when I was different” - Corey O., 28
“I gave up hair removal about five years ago. This coincided with the realization of my sexual identity. As soon as I decided on my sexuality, I began to get used to my body and feelings within me. I think it’s important for me to be queer and feel comfortable knowing who I am.
Younger impressionable people (like my 6-year-old sister) notice that I am not like other women my age, and that's okay! And yes, she takes it much more than anyone else in my family! I feel like a confident grown woman with my regrown hairs on my body."
“It all started with a challenge in November” - Alexandra M., 23
“I actually gave up my razor in November because I thought it would be fun. But to be honest, it was not easy for me. As soon as my hair started getting longer and thicker, I wanted to shave it off every time I went into the shower.
We are taught from a young age to be absolutely smooth, this is a standard and a common stereotype. So I started to fight him. And yes, I still give up shaving because I want to challenge the social standards of beauty that have been ingrained in me since childhood and change the way I see beauty in myself."
“It gives me a sense of self-confidence” - Diandrea B., 24
I have given up shaving for years because it makes me feel sexy, confident and relaxed. Everything is very simple. And this is the choice of each of us.
My family has its own opinion on this, as well as some of my acquaintances from childhood, but this is my choice, which I must defend. And I will not meet with a person who cannot share my point of view with me on this issue (or with someone who does not consider my hairs sexy)."
"Because it's my choice" - Alice, 29
“I just have hair on my body. And for me this is the main thing: to feel comfortable in my body. Whether I leave everything as it is or get rid of them completely is my personal choice. And it will not affect my self-esteem at all. By and large, I care about this more than about the inexorably strict standards of beauty."