You read that title right – apparently all it takes in 2017 to become a “hero” is to be female and not shave your body for an extended period of time.
Morgan Mikenas, an Instagram fitness blogger who doesn’t use annoying lighting and camera tricks to make herself look good…
…decided that it was time for her to embrace the “natural” look and stop shaving. It’s been a full year since Morgan shaved her armpits or legs, and this is what it looks like:
“I guess my number one reason why I stopped [shaving] was that it just took so much time. It took so much of my time to get in the shower and have to shave everything and then wash my hair and then wash my body it’s just like another thing. I just, one day, was like ‘why am I doing this anymore? This just takes so much time.’”
For those of you at home who aren’t female and haven’t had the “pleasure” of shaving your whole body on the regular: it sucks. But it also takes a maximum of five minutes in the shower. Either Morgan likes to play life on hard mode and shave with her eyes closed, in the dark, using rock salt as lotion, or she was just looking for a solution to some First World Problem that no one asked for in the first place.
I have a feeling it’s the latter.
“After I let it do its thing and grow out I just realized ‘Oh hey this is kind of nice.’ It started getting super soft. When you shave your body hair it’s prickly and itchy and uncomfortable. So I guess that’s another reason why.”
“I’m not trying to make all of humanity just stop shaving armpits and leg hair anymore. I just want to inspire others and what works for you, what makes you feel the most comfortable.”
Don’t get me wrong: I’m all for body positivity, loving yourself and all that crap. I think you should always feel good about yourself as long as it’s reasonably justified (meaning you shouldn’t be happy with mediocrity even if that’s all you can achieve; as in, if you’ve spent the whole week in sweatpants and finally put some denim on today, good job, but no, you’re still a bum), but I think we should be teaching kids to look at themselves and feel good rather than look at others for validation. Why does Morgan have to do her best Big Foot impression to make people feel good about not shaving? Why can’t YOU just be happy without shaving, why does someone ELSE have to go and do it too before you’re like “Oh wait I guess this is okay hooray for me”?
Be your own fucking role model.
What do you think – should people find confidence within themselves to be their own role model, or should we be looking up to people like Morgan? Let us know in the comments!