As you know, I have a weird fondness for the Kardashians. But that doesn’t mean I agree with everything that comes out of Kim’s (ever-so-slightly surgically plumped) mouth. In part two of her interview with Oprah she said that she feels pretty partly because she’s had all of her body hair lasered away.
HOLD UP. I have a big issue with girls nowadays thinking we have to be these hairless reptile women. WE DON’T.
When I was studying abroad in Italy, I tried to get a Brazilian wax, as I’d done many times back in California. The lady wagged her finger at me and clucked “No, non-hygenico, non-hygenico.”
I wrinkled my nose. “Wouldn’t it be more hygienic to be hairless?”
She sighed heavily and crossed her large arms across her even larger breasts and began in broken English.
“Dee weemun, we have-a da hair. It keeps out…things. Dee bad things from our lady beeznuss. Dee hair iz there for a reeeeson, bella.”
I’d never thought of it that way. But the same way your eyelashes keep out dust and crud from your eyes, so does lady business hair.
“Beside,” she added, “the mens, they hairy, they-a no care. Why we care whatta dey like, eh?”
Since then I’ve thought about hair in a different way. Before, it was this AWFUL plague of a thing that must be eradicated or no guy will EVER touch you.
I’m actually a very un-hairy person to begin with (Swedish genes), but my sorority sisters still made me feel like a yeti if I didn’t get a Brazilian every month like they did. But then I realized that at $40 a pop, a year’s worth of pricey waxes could be a plane ticket back to Italy, where people didn’t treat being women like something that needs to be fixed. Plus, my then-boyfriend admitted that being bare creeped him out, and honestly, it creeped me out too.
Now, years later, I’ve had my legs, underarms and bikini zone lasered and I love it! Swimsuit season is so much easier and I never worry about gross ingrown hairs. But, I did that for me, not because I felt inherently ugly.
My point is: do whatever makes you feel happy. If it’s Brazilians, viva! If it’s going bushy and wild like Sasha Grey in that one episode of Entourage, go for it!
But does anyone else think it’s kind of sad that Kim only feels hot sans body hair? Or are you one hundred percent in agreement with her that body hair is ugly? Tell me all your thoughts–and I know you’ve got a ton of ‘em–in the comments!