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Fitness Blogger Reveals What Happens When You Don’t Shave Legs And Pits For 1 Year To Promote Natural Beauty
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Fitness Blogger Reveals What Happens When You Don’t Shave Legs And Pits For 1 Year To Promote Natural Beauty

Though women’s liberation movement started around the 1960s in Europe, we still need to put in a lot of effort to reach the real gender equality. And ladies, being creative creatures, can find many ways to attract the attention to their problems. One of those ways is the new trend of hairy women, and Morgan is one of these brave ladies.

Fitness blogger Morgan Mikenas probably saves a fortune in razors. She also apparently has a lot more free time than many of us. Why? Because to promote natural beauty, the fitness model and blogger has gone an entire year without shaving her body, and here are the results of her au naturel hair trend experiment.

“I’m not trying to make all of humanity stop shaving their hairy armpits and leg hair anymore,” said Morgan in a clip she posted to YouTube recently. “I just want to inspire others [to do] what works for you, what makes you feel the most comfortable.” Citing time as the number one reason behind her decision to stop shaving body hair, she was also inspired to let it grow out after being bullied in gym class when she was 11 or 12 for having hairy legs. She decided to embrace her natural beauty instead of subscribing to what society expects of her, and she says that her boyfriend likes it and thinks that she looks beautiful either way. “I want everybody not to feel ashamed of themselves,” she said. “I think it’s unfair that people think they have to be in this cultural norm. Just do whatever makes you feel good.” It might not be for everybody, but kudos to Morgan for standing up for what she believes in. Check out the full video on YouTube, which has already been viewed over 200k times.

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Shaving your legs and armpits takes a lot of time and effort

So fitness blogger Morgan Mikenas decided to stop shaving her body for a year

“I’m not trying to make all of humanity stop shaving their armpits and leg hair anymore,” she said

“I just want to inspire others [to do] what works for you, what makes you feel the most comfortable”

The main reason she stopped is that shaving takes so much time

She was also inspired to let it grow out after being bullied at school for having hairy legs

“I want everybody not to feel ashamed of themselves”

“I think it’s unfair that people think they have to be in this cultural norm”

“Just do whatever makes you feel good”

What do you think? Would you give it a try?

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So downvote away, but as an experiment, I've tried growing out my body hair, and it didn't make me feel liberated at all. In fact the process is itchy, and makes me sweat more. I found in the end, I just don't like body hair on men OR women. It's just a preference, to each their own, but I'm personally turned off by lots of body hair regardless of gender.

AcousticGString
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I actually agree with you. I'm a lesbian, so I haven't been conditioned by men to think any kind of way towards women. But for me personally, one of the things I love about a woman's body is how soft and smooth her skin is. I'm all for equality, but I like that women AREN'T like men, the sense that they shave their bodies. It's also a preference, just like there are some straight women who prefer a clean shaved male face, to a bearded one.

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DancingToMyself
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, what ever makes you happy... It's your body. :)

Hazel Waring
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This! This is the point everyone else is missing going "I don't like it on her/me" etc. You don't like it on her? Doesn't matter. You don't like it on you? Don't have it.

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Sepia
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is a extraordinary beautiful girl, no question. But to be honest, the hair is not my taste at all.

Cassie
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We've been conditioned to it not being our taste. I'm actually kind of bothered by the fact that I don't like it.

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Brenda Olano
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She's beautiful, our adult brains are conditioned to find hair in women, ugly; but I bet a toddler wouldn't mind/find it disgusting. So that's not an instinct, it's not how we are, it's what society has taught us to be. So good for her. Bravo! ...But seriously I didn't know a woman could grow that much hair :D

Kristi Zoebelein
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yep, my legs look like my husband's when I don't shave (which is my norm). I think when a lot of women talk about how they prefer to shave because it's not that much trouble don't realize HOW MUCH shaving some women have to go through to get smooth. Sometimes you literally have to shave twice even with a sharp razor on areas like your thighs. God help me if I have to shave my thighs....my body doesn't twist that way LOL.

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Laura Campbell
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i also have thick dark hair on the inside and back of my thighs, nice to see i'm not the only girl who does. though i always shave mine out of embarrassment. she may also have PCOS like i do, or it may just be her genetics, but regardless it's pretty rude to make fun of someone for having it. some of these comments piss me off.

Rin Rin
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I feel the same! I'm hairy like mountain gorilla, thanks to PCOS and genes. Somehow comforting to actually see someone has hair too.

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Gokce Mutlu
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She has rather shaped eye borrows for someone trying to promote being natural.

Julia Bertramus
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Just do whatever makes you feel good." She's following her own advice, and shaping her eyebrows and not shaving makes her feel good. It's not a "go all out or don't even bother" kind of thing.

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Kathi Salceies
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had a girlfriend that went to an all girl's Catholic school about 50 years ago, and they had a strict rule of You Will Shave Your legs and pits. The school uniform was a skirt, blouse , crew socks and loafers. The girls decided to band together and buck the shaving rule ...They let the hair around their ankles grow out ! Their socks covered it so the nuns didn't see it . According to my friend one of the staff caught sight of the furry anklet and hauled them all in for a communal shave session. She said they had some impressive results before that happened. As an over 65 woman I've noticed that the hair doesn't grow as fast on the legs and pits now. I do however have to deal weekly with the facial hair that is plaguing me since I generate no hormones any longer... Let's hear it for old age and all the joys it brings...ARGH!

Danya Chepes
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm with you sister! I can now participate in Movember much to my horror, lmfao.

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Marijke Hulleman
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nice! Now I'm pregnant I also stopped shaving, and guess what.. I like it! No more itchy skin, redness and so on!

Pickles Driver
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I also stopped when I was pregnant. It was easier and my hair also grew a lot slower. It was fine for a break but it was nice to shave after

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Shana
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know it's natural but ugh... No thanks. You do what you feel good about but I'll stick to shaving :P

Ren Smith
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Just do whatever makes you feel good". She's following her own advice, and maybe plucking and makeup and not shaving makes her feel good. It's not a "go all out or don't even bother" kind of thing.

Katinka Min
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's a generational thing, as well. For example, for me shaved armpits and legs on women are normal, but shaved men look weird to me and shaved privates even more so. To me, a big bush is the sign that a woman is mature and not a girl anymore. For people older than me hairy legs are fairly normal and for people younger than me hairless bodies for both genders are normal. Personally, I think the beauty industry is heavily promoting any look that costs money to maintain. White, even teeth, hairless skin, toned bodies - all this takes time and money to create and maintain. It's good that some people out there are rocking the boat a bit - even if they have to be young and stunningly beautiful to get away with it :-)

Andrea Jones
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Excellent point about the beauty industry.

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Moglin Sin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't shave much anymore. I think this is beautiful. n.n

lunanoir69
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have neuropathy in my legs and feet, so shaving my legs usually ends up in peeling skin and blood loss! Now that I'm menopausal, thankfully most of my body hair is either gone, or very fine, but I've never been a regular shaver. It just doesn't matter to me. I have male friends who shave EVERYTHING but their heads. It's their choice. Please don't judge people just because they do or don't shave!

Dhanya Munro
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She's looks gorgeous and I think she has a happy wholesome image of herself. Kudos.

Vasil Genov
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Being natural AF, buit pluck your eyebrows. K then :D

enak
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Shaving those legs = approx 30min every second day. Plucking those eyebrows = ~2min once a week. It doesn't have to be all or nothing and she did say her main motivation was time saved.

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Sienna Blackspring
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have really fuzzy legs and It's kind of disappointing to me that so many people, just random people, go up to you and mention it. I already have sociall anxiety, it's not helping! The only reason (before I saw this post) that I didn't shave my legs was that I'd fear it would be to noticeable and people would judge me for that. LOL, that impeccable logic that social anxiety brings, though!

Norman Bradford
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Norm B. Since my early teens I have always loved and been excited at the sight, feel and the smell of hirsute women. On a Biological level, body hair is associated with pheromones, a natural secretion that promotes sexual attraction between humans. So I applaud all of you beautiful hirsute women who reject the Madison Avenue propaganda.

Lexi Z
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's not propaganda. Do you let your front lawn grow to it's full potential? Do you not shovel snow? Do you not paint your house? It's preference. I like smooth skin. Even on my man. Beards are very popular right now. Doesn't mean I jumped on the beard bandwagon. Tattoos are extremely trendy. I am still not getting one.

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Stephanie Soon
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it's great to see hairy legs on a beautiful woman, it challenges the conventional idea of beauty and gives an insight into how conditioned we are. Personally I find it hard to look at my hairy self and love how I look and that's because being hairy isn't seen as beautiful. I think it takes a strong sense of self to do this.

Benny Lava
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good for her for being brave enough to try it but as a straight man I would feel as if I am sleeping with another man if I had to touch those legs. They are hairier than mine. Just being totally honest here. Not very PC, I know, but I trust you to accept my preferences just as you accept hers. When I am fantasizing about women, hairy legs are not present. The armpits are not that bad but I could never wrap those legs around my neck.

Lexi Z
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And you have every right to feel that way. Some women can't stand shaved men. Baby smooth legs on a man turns them off. I hate body hair on women and men so I am good with it. I love my fiances legs. For some reason the hair is very fine and soft. Maybe I am a weirdo though lol.

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Lady Waterfall
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is great. I can grow that much hair as well and it only takes me 2 months. I absolutely understand the intention. The whole shaving thing really takes a lot of time, expecially when you have to start with the bikini area and end at the feet. But watching these pics really make me realize the conditions that we grow up with. I don't know if I would feel that comfortable with hairy legs.

Scully
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

don't matter if the hair isn't your taste! that's literally the point lmao live your life and let others live theirs

Scully
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

and shame on you if you're gonna say a whole lot of nasty, would have thought your parents have raised you better

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Rez Mojde
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you for sharing this! At least now I know I am not the only person have that much hair on her legs!! the feeling of relief! Lol

Chloe Gray
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not for me, but I appreciate your bravery!

Kevin Donegan
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know if this a good or bad thing ... I never knew women could grow so much body hair! She's got more hair on her legs and pits than I do!

Anna Wu
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Everyone's different. Controlled by genetics just like everything.

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Charles San Filippo
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

More women should let it grow out for at least variety. Why not? Women change hairdos on their heads so what's the difference? This whole thing that women "need" to shave is ridiculous. It hasn't always been like that and it wasn't an issue back then. Personally I think it looks sexy 😊

Dave Jackson
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As an aromatherapist, every so often I get a client who apologises for not having shaved. It really doesn't bother me in fact I prefer the natural look but whether any individual woman or man for that matter shaves their body hair or not is none of my business.

Camille Bequette Salls
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good for her. She's a beautiful woman with or without the hair. No one should feel afraid to experiment with their own look. I really wish more people understood just how beautiful humans are in general instead of nit picking over every little thing.

Moni Cuervo
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a hairy woman myself I am very happy to see someone open up like that, I always see images of girls with very little body hair and make me feel like I'm not normal, so to me this is very beautiful and calming.

Autumn Fyre
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hey, I'm doing the same thing! I've never shaved before, and I never will. Honestly, these social standards are just ridiculous!

Sandie Hawley
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

it's natural, we're born to have hairy armpits, legs, arms and of course other body parts! A lot of other cultures don't shave. My family comes from a long line of hairy ancestors, lol. I haven't shaved my legs in ages, no need; ever since I went through menopause for some reason I have very little hair left on my legs! I also quit shaving my under arms a few years back (basically from shear laziness) its no big deal, but then I am 68, not real concerned with what anyone else thinks about it! I spent several years shaving my crotch area all because some man decided he didn't like a hairy crotch and I went along with it, what a pain in the ass that was. One of the stupid things I did when I was younger just to make someone else happy! Do what you feel is right for you, everyone has different preferences, to each their own!

Elizabeth Peoples
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i haven't shaved my legs or my armpit in over 20 yrs and i'm happy.

valery77
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I agree with you girl. I always say what we have to shave? just because the society put in our heads we have to?

Noor Hamad
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Such a beautiful brave young lady. Respect for her

Autumn Fyre
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hey, I've been doing this, too! I've never shaved, and never will. It's ridiculous that society requires girls to...

Martha Livingston
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really respect her courage - I don't believe in shaving, but I generally chicken out when I have to appear in public with my legs showing. I had a sixteen year old mock me ruthlessly at Girl Scout Camp, of all places, for hairy armpits. I really don't like attracting attention for any reason, so...

Mirriam Banda
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People out here talking about the body hair not being their type and stuff and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that but just keep in mind that she did not do this based on what is your type or what turns you off.