Why did we start removing our body hair
It starts as far back as the Stone Age - Hair removal was present, though not prominent, through ancient Egypt, Greece, and the Roman Empire.
Signifier of class -
Ancient Romans also associated smooth, hairless skin with class and purity. And it wasn’t just restricted to women!
Unibrows were actually considered alluring for both sexes, and were even accentuated with early versions of eyeliner.
Adulthood and marriage -
In Persia, hair removal and brow-shaping signified that a woman was an adult who was about to be married.
Taking off your eyebrows was fashionable - Thanks to Elizabeth I, who came to power in 1558, eyebrow removal became fashionable.
A marker of class and femininity in America - By the early 1900s, hairless skin had gripped upper- and middle-class white America as a distinguishing look of femininity.
Then came second-wave feminism - Along with the spread of hippie culture, the second wave feminism of the ‘60s and ‘70s rejected hair removal.
The Brazilian -
In 1987, seven sisters from Brazil opened a salon in New York City offering the so-called "Brazilian" wax, which involves removing all genital hair.
Pubic hair removal wasn’t as popular in the East - In many parts of Asia, removing or trimming pubic hair still isn't as common as it is in the West.
In the West, hairlessness became “natural” - Hair removal started to become synonymous with being clean, and natural hair the opposite.
Celebrities and influencers are changing - Influencers and celebrities started posting more photos with body hair.
Body hair as a symbol for more - Women are realizing their power in small ways such as the rejection of hair removal become a tool for revolution and social change.