As women, we’re expected to be plucked, shaved, bleached and waxed to meet feminine beauty standards. And although there is no right or wrong when it comes to the keeping-of or stripping-of our hair, the problem arises when the preference we embrace is the opposite of society norms, which translates into a strip down of our femininity. Some people feel everyone HAS to conform to “traditional gender roles” meaning it’s okay for men to wear their natural hair with pride but we women must be trimmed to a shiny new version of ourselves– as if we were still 10-year-old schoolgirls.
A body hair revolution has begun and women have started to realize that indeed there is no wrong or right way to coexist with your body and the natural hair that grows on it. Personally, most of the time I enjoy having my legs hairless, but I also admit that maintaining them that way can be a tedious task. The contortion-like moves one must complete in order to perform a perfect shave are mind-blowing. As we speak women around the world are propping legs on top of bathroom sinks or bathtubs à la Cirque du Soleil in the name of beauty.
The definition of what is considered beautiful or feminine is changing and I think it has a lot to do with the restrengthening of feminism. The fact that we’re realizing we can embrace our natural beauty as it is with or without hair is causing an explosion of female body empowerment worldwide. Right now, female armpit hair is making a movement. And women across the globe, including some celebrities, are allowing their armpit hair to grow out and rocking it freely both au naturale and colored like nobody’s business.
That’s the important part here, choice. So don’t feel pressured to conform because you feel you have to meet society’s beauty standards, but instead know that you are free to define beauty as you see fit. So let your hair flow à la Fabio, or re-create your best hairless chihuahua look or if you want to do both. At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong way to love your body hair.
Until next time my lovelies– remember to be kind and loving to yourselves,
Artwork shown as featured image for this post: cover of George Lois’ “on his creation of The Big Idea” book
Unconditional Body Beautiful is a self-love series created by Rebequita Rose — “It is a year-long collaboration which I created-slash-founded, and I will be doing this with many other bloggers…We will focus mostly on discussing our bodies more than on fashion, but at the same time we will fuse the two together.”
Missed any of these #UnconditionalBodyBeautiful series posts?
Part 1: My Body and I from the Beginning
Part 2: The Heart (Bust)
Part 3: My Journey on My Legs
Part 4: My Belly and Me
Part 5: My Buttocks