London-based artist and filmmaker Ben Hopper has launched an extensive photo-series entitled “Natural Beauty,” which features women with body hair.
Although there’s nothing new about the anti-shaving female “revolution,” mass social pressure continues to push women into getting rid of every single stray hair on their bodies. Armpits, legs, and vaginas have been some of the victims of this less-than century-old war on female body hair.
This social-commentary series generally focuses on circus artists, dancers, singers, and performers which proudly go against the arbitrary, male-dominated gaze on the female body. Each photograph features the individual’s story of her journey to hairiness. The models often speak of the circumstances or thoughts that led to their decision to stop shaving.
The incredible musician Amanda Palmer is the subject of one of the photographs, where she also tells us how one day, around the age of 18, she realized that she had been shaving only because she had been told to do it – by television, teen magazines, her sister…Palmer does not like being told what to do. She decided to see what happens if she left the hair grow – and surprise, surprise! Nothing bad happened. She was still getting laid and attracting the sort of people that she liked, experiencing growth in control and self-confidence.
Scroll down to see some kick-ass body hair: