Selected works from Natalya Lobanova.
Posted to Cross-Connect by Mike.
True story, I don’t shave my legs every three and a half days, or however often you’re supposed to take a razor to your gams to ensure that no one sees a single hair on your leg EVER. Sometimes it’s because I keep forgetting to go to the store and get blades, sometimes it’s just because it’s cold and I’ve been wearing a lot of pants. Whenever I’ve gone a while without shaving and I look down at my hairy legs, I always feel a little bad, like I’ve disappointed the Great and Powerful Beauty Gods, like I’ve somehow seriously messed up this whole being a human woman thing. I try to tell myself “No, it’s because you’re so glamorous and bohemian and you were just too busy having ADVENTURES to shave your legs (and maybe also armpits).” But my cultural conditioning is so strong, I usually don’t feel all that empowered eschewing shaving. I usually just feel badly for not following one of the cardinal rules of being a girl. So, I am really fascinated by the “Hairy Legs …
Thanks to people like our girl Petra Collins and basics kings, American Apparel, the last year or so has seen body hair embraced on both the internet and bodies of a new demographic of girls. With pubic and underarm hair considered ‘cool’ or at least acceptable by many kids of both genders, it’s almost like leg hair is the last frontier of body hair taboo. The four-year-old tumblr, Hair Legs Club deals specifically in pictures and stories from girls who spurn the razor. The pictures on the fuzz-positive site are pretty cool, but the comments from the girls themselves are even better. Some girls can’t be bothered to shave, some like the way it looks, and some see it as a complete non-issue that people should STFU about. Let’s meet some of them! “I abhor shaving and I feel better about myself since I stopped shaving and I’m not going to let other people police my body.” “Proud to be a mammal and a woman.” “This is how my mother made me. Very hairy. In theory, I’m all for showing my natural, hairy beauty. But when it comes to stepping out on the street all au naturel, I second-guess my confidence. Hopefully I’ll soon get the balls to do it.” “Freedom.” “In recent years I’ve to come to realise why I hate it. I don’t hate the hair, I hate the way that society makes me feel it’s wrong.” “I recently moved to the USA from Asia, and where I am from not too many women shave. Perhaps only the movie stars and people on TV, etc. It’s just not part of the popular culture.” Photos: Hairy Legs Club
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