Learning to challenge beauty standards
2020 has marked a significant pivot in perspective for everyone on the planet. Luxuries like waxing appointments, haircuts and facial treatment have fallen far behind on our list of priorities. Many of us, as a consequence, have seen our bodies return to their natural pre-primp state; and we think that’s okay.
We’ve all seen people run at high speeds for cover at the slightest indication of rain, while the rest of us saunter our way in and out of shops on a rainy street. They hurry their way back to their carriage as if they will turn back into a pumpkin when wet. It may sound trivial, but imagine the freedom of just accepting that your hair will curl, coil and frizz.
There is no shame in straightening your hair or waxing your armpits. We are in no way trying to proselytize going “au naturel.” Instead, we are challenging each other to examine our ideas of beauty. We are encouraging folks to see that we are still attractive without any cosmetic interventions.
Do you ever wonder why we have such strict rules surrounding body hair? Apparently, The practice of removing female body hair can be traced back to ancient Rome and Egypt. According to Women’s Museum of California, Egyptian women removed their head hair and considered pubic hair uncivilized. Who knew?
If the microwave just signalled that your fresh pot of mustache wax is ready – don’t worry – you are not alone. But consider this, what would happen if you didn’t inflict pain on your epidermis? Will you grow a stache that would put Steve Harvey to shame, or would you proudly rock a subtle and tasteful upper lip shadow? Maybe you will hate leaving the house with the unibrow your father so graciously passed down to you, but perhaps you won’t?
As of the last few years, we have seen a reemergence of women reclaiming their body hair. And why not? Why should anybody be made to be ashamed of the natural healthy process of their body? The question we are hoping that women ask themselves is not if they should have to adhere to traditional beauty ideals but rather what would happen if they didn’t?