“No woman should have to feel social pressure for embracing the hair that is natural on both women & men.” Shannelle
“I hate the phrase “body positive” because it is a buzz word for marketers.” Sydney based fashion film collective Fling Fling explain about their newest series. (And you might remember – we had enough of an industry sending us from one beauty standard to the next too) “But we have started the series called “U R” around embracing things that others see as maybe negative. And being who you are without fear of being shames. Such as growing pit hair and pubic bush people get so much hate on social media for proudly showing their bodies as they are and it makes no sense.” they continue. “So we decided to start with underarm hair video, making the fun and positive content we always do.” Produced by Fling Fling and Essi Zephyr.
“No woman should have to feel social pressure for embracing the hair that is natural on both women & men.”
“Being a part of this project was a no brainer and everyone above has illustrated why.”
My under arm hair is a part of me, although my partner and mother are not a fan of it, they accept me for me. Hair and all. It’s my belief that you are a beautiful woman, no matter your choices in personal grooming, and that you should be proud to express yourself fully and unashamed. Also, pit hair is a great dickhead deterrent.
“I really wanted to work on this project because I wanted to help people understand that it’s okay to accept their natural bodies and be comfortable in their own skin.”
I really wanted to be part of the project because for me my body hair makes me feel like my most natural feminine self, I feel more connected to my body. It’s also a really empowering way for me to reject what society tells us as woman, what is ‘attractive’ and ‘feminine’ and what is not.
“It isn’t only about breaking the stigma that causes women to dislike and remove natural hair on our bodies, for me it’s about expressing the message that loving ourselves as we are is incredibly powerful, and allows us to be truly beautiful.”
“For me, it’s about embracing uniqueness, diversity and fluidity. It’s also about recognizing insecurities; understanding why they are there and whether they have a negative impact on sense of self (or not). Some days I shave my armpits and most days I don’t, it’s more about confidence and comfortability in your own skin, than conforming to one ideal over another.”
“I was 11 the first time I was ridiculed for not shaving my legs and I remember it vividly – I didn’t realise I had another option and this video is about showing girls that they do have a choice.”
“I asked myself “Why do I shave and who do I do it for?” and realised it was only because I was submitting to the expectation of others and people around me.”