Female hair has always been a women’s taboo. Statistical data from sociological and medical research exhibit that since the beginning of this century, the vast majority of women have been removing most of their body hair.
Body hair is typically a marker that polices significant boundaries: between human – animal, male – female and adult – child. Removal or refusal to remove body hair places the female body on either side of the boundary.
But now, over time, many women’s have embraced the “NO Shave” policy, while others have begun to admire them. Having body hairs has also become component of altering beauty patterns, and many celebrities perform the trend more frequently.
Photographer Ashley Armitage recently made body hair as one of her Instagram account’s focuses, which involved portraits of females combining their wispy underarm locks.
But as quickly as the images went viral, many negative individuals criticized Armitage for her courageous move, while supporters commended the photographer for providing more exposure to confident and boldness.
She went from having a few hundred supporters of Instagram to winning 10,000 almost overnight. She now has 132,000 supporters and a mission to push for more visibility of body hair.
Along with Armitage, actress Emily Ratajkowski has also became one of the loudest voices to celebrate body hair this summer when she shared a personal essay in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar. She posed for the magazine in a black bralette with her dark armpit hair on display.
Bekah Martinez also shared her thoughts on body hair last month, when she walked a red carpet with her brown leg hair showing under a mini dress.
Throughout our lives, women are conditioned to reject body hair as “dirty,” “disgusting,” and unnecessary on female bodies, while accepting hair on male bodies as a sign of strength and virility. But now is the time for our feminist critics of unrealistic standards of beauty to re-examine what “natural” and “real” bodies look like!