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For every part of me that wants to keep it long as an F-you to what feel like unfair beauty standards, another part — the one that grew up in the 90s and early aughts and was raised on mainstream teen magazines — feels best when I shave it off. I recently explored this conundrum in an Instagram post and was reminded I am not alone.
I also learned that a lot more women have body hair than is represented in the media, and that I wanted to change that. And celebrating a wider variety of choices seems like an important step in achieving that. So I asked four women who let their body hair grow free to show me what it looks like and tell me what it feels like to write their own beauty rules. Their answers were nothing short of hopeful. Scroll down to see what Rima, Josie, Camila and Alexandra have to say about body hair.
Legs, arms, most hairy women lip, tummy, armpit, bikini line. The only hairs I groom are my eyebrows. Have you ever participated in body hair removal?
If so, when did you stop and why? I started with letting my arm pit hair grow out first. It worked as a filter: if someone came up to me at a bar or club I would lift my arm up and if they were judgmental, I would know that they were not the kind of person I wanted to associate with. Most people cared less than I thought. The pubic region is a sensitive region.
When I started my body hair journey I started a separate Instagram to document my progress. I was afraid that my friends would get grossed out by my hairy posts. I ended up with a ton of followers, but sadly most of them were men with fetishes.
It makes me feel like a grown-up. I get to say what I think beauty is. My happy trail is my favorite. What advice do you have for women who are thinking of growing out their body hair? Follow Rima on Instagram. I swam and did ballet, so as soon as my hair peeked past the elastic of my underwear, I had my mom take me to get waxed.
Hair was NOT accepted at my school. Having hair on display scared me. I have a very light mustache, but the worst people always noticed it. I hated shaving my pits, even though exposing them au naturel terrified me. One day I wore a sweatshirt for an entire dance class even though the radiators were on blast because I had a little bit of pit hair.
When I stopped shaving my armpitsI was in art school, surrounded by smart, beautiful, talented, hairy women. It was a safe place for me to make the first step in accepting my most hairy women. It goes down my thigh, past the booty shorts.
This is my first summer of skipping out on the wax. My goal is to feel completely free, as I do with my pits. I tried on a pair of shoes the other day and I was extremely self-conscious about my calves being so hairy. The only people who comment on my hair are my dad and my boyfriend. I love throwing them under the bus. When I think about my mustache and my thick, dark hair, I think of my European ancestors.
Your hair is who you come from, just like your eyes, lips and teeth. I love that. When I think about my bush, I think of bodies in the wilderness; we grow a natural blanket of protection. Then there is the issue of who is allowed to get away with not shaving, which is bogus. Those who are prejudiced [against body hair] should feel awkward for their backward thinking.
Do whatever feels comfortable for you. Also, not an ad: I recommend Alaffia deodorant — no stinky pits, no residue, sexy smell. Follow Josie on Instagram. My body hair and I have had an on-and-off relationship since I was I slowly parted ways with those mainstream ideals in search of what made me feel comfortable and what I found beautiful. When I was 21, I stopped shaving completely, stopped waxing my eyebrows and stopped caring about those particular beauty aesthetics.
I decided to appreciate what nature gave me: HAIR. People do make snarky remarks, but not most hairy women a way that affects me emotionally. I actually get more shit for having tattoos than for having body hair. I wish it were as normal as anything else. I feel people should do whatever it is that makes them happy and be proud of being an individual. I wish people were more secure with their natural selves and did not want to fit into this box of what other people think beauty is. For whom? For themselves or for societal acceptance? Follow Camila on Instagram. Yes, I shaved from 5th grade to 12th grade.
I stopped shaving my last year of high school because I was really coming into a new form of myself! I was in love with how I looked with body hair, especially under my armpits, and it was satisfying to do something that felt true most hairy women me and was definitely not the norm where I was from.
I still got hated on a bit but I felt my queer self staring to expand and be loved by myself. I have not had any trouble with my body hair physically. It also makes it harder for me as an actor to break certain molds or fit into the industry. Even though I think now is my time! It is more of a social and professional challenge. I would advise women and femmes considering growing out their body hair to do it! Is it sometimes difficult socially? Yes, absolutely. But is it who you are? Then you should be able to do it without shame! And I support you, beautiful! Follow Alexandra on Instagram.
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