Media generally flows in and out of fads that either become popular or downright shameful. This is of course subjective. But, there is no denying the influence that social media has on the fashion and beauty industries. There is always something new to try, keeping us occupied with all the various products to explore. This can be quite the bummer for those who are not loaded because they all start to cost quite a lot.
One fad that came about a while back was about a woman refusing to remove armpit hair. Jungle pits became the new thing, but what of those lovely ladies who have to deal with facial hair? We have yet to see the likes of such fads. Well, we found one young woman on a mission to convince women why it’s not worth it to get rid of their hair. Or for that matter, spend hours and hours and loads of money each month on removing hair from your body.
Inspired by Frustration
As Eldina grew older she started seeing the world through a different lens. It was as if she could see right through the filter that so many women dressed daily, but could not help but notice how men managed to get by without such a filter. She found this to be extremely unfair because they had it so much easier in her eyes. Why do women need to endure such idiotic rituals that are supposedly meant to make them more beautiful?
Eventually, this frustration got too much for her, so she decided to give up on removing hair, and to let it do its thing – it is natural after all. During an interview for an article Eldina told the reporter;
“I wouldn’t say it’s something that happened suddenly, but I became increasingly frustrated with having to remove hair for no apparent reason. So, I see men go outside without removing hair, so why do I have to? I realized that I could spend my time much better. I’m not against shaving or removing hair, but it’s the expectation that every woman should do it all the time that annoys me.”
Hair Removal Activist Becomes Role Model
About a year ago, Edina Jaganjac quickly became well known on social media platforms like Instagram for her body-positive posts about facial air. She found that so many women were dealing with the same judgment – just because they were a little fuzzier than others – they felt ridiculed by society. She told reporters;
“A lot of women have written to me and told me that they also feel pressure to remove all of their body hair, even though they don’t want to. But they feel pressured by society to do so, or have been bullied for having hair on their bodies.”
“Many women have written to me, saying that they felt like they were the only woman with facial hair or with prominent body hair. Where in reality, there are so many, and having body hair as a woman is not an extraordinary thing. I have gotten maybe 100 negative messages from men, and maybe 4-5 from women.”
She was frustrated that women were led to think that something that grew so naturally on their faces was something weird to be grossed out by. This is not a strange phenomenon because many women have inherited a slightly hairier body. Media is the weird part, and we should rather be grossed out by that.
“In terms of difference for me, I have gotten a lot of attention for — well, not doing anything. When you think of it, it’s really strange. Because a man wouldn’t go viral for having prominent eyebrows, so why would I?”
Advice from Edina
Eldina realized just how weird the concept of shaving their faces is, and what was even weirder is that she was famous for choosing not to. A man might be celebrated for having a fabulous beard, but would he go viral if he refused to pluck his eyebrows? Doubtful.