"Self-confidence is your super power."
Morgan Mikenas remembers feeling super self-conscious about her leg hair as a pre-teen. But the 20-year-old fitness blogger made a decision last year — she’s done shaving her body hair, and she’s not going to apologize for that.
In fact, Morgan wants to encourage other people to make that change too, if that’s something they are interested in. In a now-viral YouTube video she uploaded in March, Morgan explained: “I’m not trying to make all of humanity just stop shaving their armpits and leg hair any more… I just want to inspire others. What works for you? What makes you most comfortable?”
She addressed being teased for having body hair, but added, “There’s more in life than this physical body. There’s more to it than this outer appearance. I just want to be comfortable in myself.”
Morgan told Vice in June that her choice was mostly related to how inconvenient it is to shave all the time, but also because she wants to push back against cultural norms.
“I stopped shaving because it was an inconvenience,” she said. “It’s pointless. I feel like it’s an act of submission to the male-dominated culture we live in. I want to mindfully make decisions for myself, and make choices that serve my purpose. Shaving my legs makes me feel powerless.”
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As for the advice she’d offer other people, Morgan said: “I just want you to know that self-confidence is your super power. You can be immune to criticism by being fearless. Practice acceptance; for others and yourself.”
Morgan is part of a larger trend of women embracing their body hair. Body-confidence activist Harnaam Kaur told Women’s Health that after years of being bullied for her body and facial hair (a symptom of her PCOS), she decided to embrace it. “I decided to put all of my energy into living, and it was very liberating,” she said. Major props to these ladies for living their truth.
Source: Women’s Health