Spill The Tea: Is 2020 The Year For Body Hair Positivity To Reign Supreme?
Body positivity has had its moment, so as the New Year is upon us, we think 2020 when it comes to body hair.
When it comes to body ideals and beauty standards we have come so far on so many things. From body-positive movements in fashion, where too-skinny models are no longer the standard (and in 2017 as reported by the BBC, France banned unhealthily thin models from the runways as a move to hopefully promote better body image ideals for young women), plus-sized or ‘normal’ looking mannequins are now becoming the norm (although, the ‘big’ mannequin that was revealed in the Nike flagship store in Oxford Street, London caused an uproar both in support and against it) and fashion fantasy shows such as Victoria’s Secret yearly shows have been cancelled because of the very specific beauty ideal it seemed to perpetuate.
Not only that, beauty and make-up giants are recognising diversity and the world is more shades away from what we were used to. Darker-skinned girls are getting way more foundation hues that are suited for them as compared to even a few years ago. We get this, and society has progressed with leaps and bounds in this regard. But what exactly are we doing when it comes to body hair? Surprisingly, not very much, as there are way fewer editorials for body hair positivity (35 mil Google results) as compared to body positivity (97 mil Google results). And we knew that there’s a desperate call to action when an Allure article highlighting women’s arm hairs was shot in May 2018.
We are covered in hair follicles, and body hair is obviously necessary to our body. Science dictates that we need body hair for all sorts of purposes such as keeping cool and even sensing the space around us. It’s very much a part of us and our body, yet society seems to have dictated that women (and women only) should remove their bodily hair in order to coveted beauty standards.
Historically, according to Mic, in the ancient Roman Empire, hair removal was a signifier of cleanliness, just like in Egypt and Mesopotamia. It was also a signifier of class — but only for women, as men could wear their hair however they liked.
“I’ve always been a hairy girl even before puberty — from my arms to my legs. Pubic hair removal was something out of my own choice though. It was never something I wanted to do to impress my partner or try to fit in,” said Jane, 24, who is a social media executive. “I never had a problem with having it but Brazilian wax was something that intrigued me and I decided to give it a try at 22. My intimate area felt great and I decided to have it done monthly as I realised it helped reduce irritation when pubic hair is removed,” she told us.