Fitness blogger Morgan Mikenas pays special attention to her lifestyle choices. As a bodybuilder, she regularly shares fitness regimes and body transformation photos on Instagram.
Now Mikenas is embracing a new sort of change. In a bid to become more comfortable with herself, she’s decided to stop shaving her body hair — and is encouraging other women to do the same. “Imagine if everyone just decided that today was the day they loved themselves and embraced every part of themselves,” she wrote in her post. “Accepting and loving your body and your ‘flaws’ because you know they are what makes you who you are.”
Body-hair removal dates back to ancient Egypt and Greece but took off in the 20th century, when Gillette sold the first razor for women in 1915 and declared body hair to be both unhygienic and unfashionable.
The 1960s saw the return of female fuzz, but the porn industry boom in the 1980s stigmatized the way the public viewed pubic hair once more.
For Mikenas, leaving her body hair intact is a point of pride. “I like being my most natural, human self,” she said in a recent YouTube video. “I don’t think anyone should be ashamed of themselves in any way … when you have nothing to hide and you can freely be yourself.”
Her hairy legs are also a reclamation of something Mikenas says she was bullied for in school, when she was 11 or 12, and ran home crying to ask her mom if she could learn how to shave.
Now using it as a tool of empowerment, the blogger swears she’ll never pick up a razor again. “It’s led me on a path of self-love and has changed my life,” she said.
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