Question: I have hair around my nipples. Is this normal?
Answer: Yup–and common, too.
When I teach sex ed, I try really hard not to reinforce the idea that it’s weird for girls to have body hair. I make sure to avoid seemingly neutral statements like, "During puberty, boys and girls both develop underarm and pubic hair, and boys also begin to grow hair on their faces and chests." That’s because this kind of casual comment can make girls who have body hair feel like furry freaks.
The fact is, as they get older, boys (as well as a lot of girls) develop more hair all over their bodies. It is really common for girls to get hair above their upper lips, around their nipples, between their breasts and on their stomachs. Does this make them unfeminine or weird? Nope it just means they have body hair.
If you have body hair that bugs you, you can always remove it. In fact, there is a whole industry out there trying to get you to do just that! But if it doesn’t bother you, feel free to leave it. Despite the fact that you rarely see it in magazines, hair on places other than your head is perfectly normal and harmless.