Acceptance is all the rage these days. Everywhere you look, social norms and 'taboos' are being challenged, especially in regards to body image and cultural expectations about the ways women present themselves in public. “It's about time too,” I hear many of you say. After all, we live in a free, individualistic society and there should be no pressure to conform to unnatural or unrealistic 'standards' that were consolidated under an outdated patriarchal system. However, for the more conservative among us, these changes and challenges are happening so quickly that it can become disorienting. Perhaps there are more pressing issues we should all be focusing on? The latest example of breaking down barriers comes, naturally, in the form of a pithily-named month. From 'Veganuary' to 'Decembeard,' any movement worth its salt seems to be couched in a punny and easily achievable 30-day package, and 'Januhairy' is no different. “This isn’t an angry campaign for people who don’t see how normal body hair is, but more an empowering project for everyone to understand more about their views on themselves and others,” British student Laura Jackson, the gal behind Januhairy, wrote. The campaign's aim is for women to grow out body hair for one month to support Body Gossip’s education program, which encourages everyone to be the best version of themselves and “to rock their own brand of gorgeous!” A week into the month, women are already posting progress pics. You can scroll down below to check them out yourself, and let us know your own thoughts on the initiative in the comments!

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Kaisu Rei 2 months ago

Yesss body hair on women should be completely normalised

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eeeeek i’ve just learnt about januhairy!! it’s always so exciting for me to see new waves of this movement of body nonconformity. it’s gaining a lot of attention from the media which is EXACTLY what is needed. people need to be reminded over and over that what women choose to do with their bodies is THEIR OWN DAMN CHOICE. people need to see women who do not care to change themselves to fit our society’s bullshit beauty standards until seeing that becomes the norm. that is the only way we can change the standards . shave or don’t, i don’t care or judge you either way, it’s your choice! but i do encourage all women to think about the changes they make to their bodies and think about why they do it. who they do it for . personally, there are so many reasons i don’t shave my armpits and very few reasons why i would. but one of my biggest motivators not to is knowing that by not shaving i am actively choosing not to give money to companies, and the people who run them, that think that women’s bodies aren’t good enough the way they naturally are

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Renae Hislop 2 months ago

If people don’t support woman showing hair then why did you click here!?

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Hi I’m Laura, the gal behind Januhairy! I thought I would write a little about my experiences and how Januhairy came about... I grew out my body hair for a performance as part of my drama degree in May 2018. There had been some parts that were challenging for me, and others that really opened my eyes to the taboo of body hair on a woman. After a few weeks of getting used to it, I started to like my natural hair. I also started to like the lack of uncomfortable episodes of shaving. Though I felt liberated and more confident in myself, some people around me didn’t understand why I didn’t shave/didn’t agree with it. I realised that there is still so much more for us to do to be able to accept one another fully and truly. Then I thought of Januhairy and thought I would try it out. It’s a start at least . . .I have had a lot of support from my friends and family! Even though I had to explain why I was doing it to a lot of them which was surprising, and again, the reason why this is important to do! When I first started growing my body hair my mum asked me “Is it you just being lazy or are you trying to prove a point?” . . . why should we be called lazy if we don’t want to shave? And why do we have to be proving a point? After talking to her about it and helping her understand, she saw how weird it was that she asked those questions. If we do something/see the same things, over and over again it becomes normal. She is now going to join in with Januhairy and grow out her own body hair which is a big challenge for her as well as many women who are getting involved. Of course a good challenge! This isn’t an angry campaign for people who don’t see how normal body hair is, but more an empowering project for everyone to understand more about their views on themselves and others.This picture was taken a few months ago. Now I am joining in with Januhairy, starting the growing process again along with the other wonderful women who have signed up! Progress pictures/descriptions from our gals will be posted throughout the month. Lets get hairy

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THE ULTIMATE PUGTATO >_< 2 months ago

You go gurl!

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"There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty."~Steve Maraboli • • • @i_am_morgie~ “…Imagine if everyone just decided that today was the day they loved themselves and embraced every part of them selves. Accepting and loving your body and your "flaws" because you know they are what makes you who you are. If you are focused on being true to yourself in every moment, you are less concerned what others think, which will lead to peace of mind. When you have nothing to hide and you can freely be yourself, there is a profound peace/confidence you will emanate to the world that will inspire others.”👏 • • • All the girls joining in januhairy are shaving off their body hair on New Year’s Eve (Monday 31st) ready to kick start the new year with a new challenge! We have many women who have signed up for this charity project so far, from the age range of 16-60! ✨💃✨💃 Sign up and join in while you can!

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Ani-87 2 months ago (edited)

That’s great and all but number 7 is actually a woman who doesn’t shave and has been interviewed and blogged about it for years. That photo has been going in the web for ages and I bet the other photos are old as well since if you stop shaving in January, you don’t automatically get an amazing bush in weeks or even months! 😁💕

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Kaisu Rei 2 months ago

This is a really gorgeous photo!

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Craig Silberman 2 months ago

it's only the 7th; how did they grow that much hair so quickly?

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Anna Marčíková 2 months ago

That's my photo, here's a description: "Well I've heard it's #januhairy now, so I decided to join. I had begun to shave in elementary school after I went to a swim class and one classmate asked me why I don't have shaved armpits. I still remember the feeling of surprise and humiliation that something is wrong with my body. At this age, you can easily get the impression that if you're not doing what everyone else is doing, something is wrong with you. I often heard in high school that I would be more attractive if I didn't have such hairy hands. With time, it gradually became clear to me that the main reason why I shave is mainly the inner pressure from this learned norm and the automatic expectation of the society. It sounds banal, but I think this pressure on women is really strong and unnecessary. Now I'm satisfied with all my hair because the hairs are normal. Peace out"

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Honesty Olishia 2 months ago

Loving the natural vibe of this picture

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Stella Rose 2 months ago

Hey, if men can have hairy legs/pits and still be sexy, why can't women?

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believe In the #januhairy #hairyjanuary initiative because I believe women should feel #free to love their bodies and not feel embarrassed by their #natural #hair. A woman can be #sexy with#hairyarmpits #hairylegs As a man still looks masculine without #bodyhair Stop the stigma please ! I do not feel disgusting nor dirty for being a #human being.

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Fernando Khaled 2 weeks ago

beautiful , feminine and genuine what else can be said , ah yeah fuck media it made ppl go crazy, i salute u . dont change

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Sel Bonda 2 months ago

Genuine Januhairy! Love to check this out after a fortnight.

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Epic Rainbow 2 months ago

Impressive!

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Peerless Magda 2 months ago

Me and my best friend: "hey girl, what are you doing, do you have time for coffee?" "just brushing my leghair.. Sure, I'm on my way!"

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Guys have noshavenovember girls have januhairy

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M.Maria 2 months ago

Avocado socks! :)

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Matius Henoch 2 months ago

love the batik dress she wears

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M.Maria 2 months ago

I like that shade of nail polish

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Danielle Rux 2 months ago

this girl looks exactally like the girl i met on suicide watch(we still talk)

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Ruby Brook 2 months ago

Cute doggo!

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Kim Lorton 2 months ago

I have hypothyroidism, so I can literally count the hairs in my pits! Not many at all, eyebrows fell out ago, and I can go without shaving my legs foo a year, before I need to do it again! Sigh... no pit hair, is a sorry state for me!

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If you’re a woman - are you comfortable with your body hair? I try to be, but after almost 2 years of not shaving, I’m still insecure about it. I get really self conscious when wearing tops, and I usually opt for an option where my armpits are covered. I’m a little more confident about my leg hair, but not much. I wonder if it will ever be completely chill to show my body hair, or if I will keep feeling the pressure. I don’t think society is gonna change over night, but really hope to at least see some change in 2019. A girl can hope, right? For now I will just try to do my part in showing that body hair on women is ok ✨

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Abby Not Normal 2 months ago

Thank you for being honest about feeling insecure about it. I am the same way when I experiment with not shaving.

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Great time with Freya a few weeks ago, during a brief parting in the stormy clouds in Plymouth

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Amber Freya 2 months ago (edited)

Just to let you you all know this is me and that i am happy letting my armpit hair grow and dying my head hair red. I do not do it for your acceptance or because you think I should dye my armpit hair too. I do it because sometimes i do not want to shave and like armpit fuzz :) Women do not have to have smooth armpits if they do not want to. You go girls!

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Erin Sheppard 2 months ago

That genuine smile is infectious.

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Donald Holder*Doc 2 months ago

Gorgeous

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Erin Sheppard 2 months ago

doesn't have to be januhairy for my pits to look like this.

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Nikki D 2 months ago

That's about how hairy I am, which is strange because I have very dark head hair, but blonde leg and arm hair.

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Nordlys 2 months ago

I'm too mature to make a hairy pussy joke, so I won't.

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Darla Black 2 months ago

I have never seen another woman with leg hair as thick as mine. It's such a blessing to know I'm not the only one. ♥

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Madonna Rose 2 months ago

Deer in the headlights look

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New Year’s resolution for 2019:1. I’m not going to shave my legs.Why? Because I don’t know why I started to begin with. My 6yo felt my prickles on my legs the other day & I didn’t know how to explain that I needed to shave & I actually found myself not wanting to explain. It’s stupid that women do this. Trust me, this is a big deal. I’ve been so conditioned my entire life to care about how I look. Western culture puts way too much emphasis on image & I am trying to break that cycle for myself & my family. This is a start to being comfortable in my own skin, err hair. 😳

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Anubis 2 months ago

Hey we should get together & protest Gillette.

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Rhon 2 months ago

Exactly! This what I’ve been like. Hairy legs or black dots of follicles!

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This post is gonna be bold, and transparent. Cause that's what I'm all about. For those who know me, you know I'm kinda a wild little hippie chic. 🌻 I'm not afraid to speak my truth, and that is that I love myself so fucking much, and I dont care who knows it. Which leads me to this post.. In honor of #januhairy, I am sharing my why. I grew up in an incredibly materialistic, ego minded family. Where you had to spend an hour minimum doing your face and getting dolled up to leave the house. Walmart in PJs was just unacceptable.. Which leads me to my next point. BODY HAIR. The naturally growing stuff that sprouts from our pores. That was totally not okay. I was shamed from a very young age.. especially since I had undiagnosed Endocrine and hormonal disorders that I wouldn't learn about til my early 20's. I had hair on my chin, on my belly, even on my back and butt. And because of my family's shame, I went to extreme lengths to remove it... trying Nair, bleach powder.. and mind you, I was about 13 at this point in my life. Fast forward to today. IDGAF what anyone thinks of my body, because I LOVE HER and that's all that matters. I stopped shaving regularly around the time I had kids. At that point, my husband had seen it all, so what the hell?! My family would say things like, "OMG, what does your husband think?? Eww!" First of all, why do you care what my husband thinks? And second, I'll tell you. He worships me like the Queen Goddess I am. Body hair does not define a woman. It doesn't make her lazy, it doesn't make her gross. We've had this stigma for far too long that women need to uphold this fantasy image and it's just not realistic.. I'm here to break the cycle and stand up for all you ladies in the back who had someone shame you for how your body looks, thus unknowingly creating an unhealthy self image within you. It ends here. Be proud of who you are! There's no one like you and you are beautiful! Dont ever let anyone make you think otherwise!!

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Rad Elle 2 months ago

Tears of relief here. Thank you for being.

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Rosie Gal 2 months ago

I love that all these girls are proud of doing this

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Kim Lorton 2 months ago

Oh, honey! That nose hole looks like it’s infected! Get it checked!

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Donald Holder*Doc 2 months ago

Cool tat.

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Do you reckon Goldilocks armpits were bear or bare? 🐻 — I suddenly realised that I’ve never - not even once - seen my armpits in all their natural hairy glory. Isn’t that astounding when you think about it? That’s my entire life since I first picked up a razor in Form 1 - admittedly I started on my legs first - and you should’ve heard a few of my mates all up in arms, because you shouldn’t shave ‘til you’re Form 2 (apparently). I was cutting edge. Ready to embrace the hair free life. And not once did I question it. Because it was what you did right? I grew up with Dolly and Girlfriend magazines and no one was waving the “freedom of choice flag” in there. And thus the removal ritual began.

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Anubis 2 months ago

Imma just comment right here cuz nobody wants to see the current top comment.

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William Van Dusen 2 months ago

yes !

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here is a fantastic body positive campaign happening right now called #januhairy which I'm totally loving! There is nothing gross or unhygienic about body hair whatever your gender happens to be. So here's me in my #bluesun #firefly shirt laughing at my own lil gingery tuft. Check out the hashtag or add your own post to the feed and be part of the conversation that changes the perception of femme body hair!

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Moo Moo Futch 2 months ago

I stop shaving as soon as I start wearing jeans again. During summer I am in shorts so I shave but as soon as the weather changes, away goes the razor. I follow the sheep sheering calendar.

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Arie Likes Coffee.... 2 months ago

I'm so proud of all these QUEENS embracing their natural looks! You go girls!! <3

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Debi Jellison 2 months ago

Personally, it’s not my personal choice but I have nothing against it. I would just hope that, either way, it’s the individual’s personal preference & not a response to pressure from any person, group, or cause.

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karinagoldfish 2 months ago

a lot of people are anonymous on the internet for various reasons. it doesn't mean she's ashamed

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Fernando Khaled 2 weeks ago

gorgeous

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I’ve actually been slowly giving up body hair removal for quite some time now but here’s a post to mark #januhairy ....Has anyone noticed that the longer you leave body hair alone, the less course and unattractive it becomes?

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Elizabeth Ayers 2 months ago

It gets so soft when you leave it alone

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A. B. Gilman 2 months ago

It's not their fault Erin Sheppard

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Angela McGhee 2 months ago

I can't say I'd lick my armpit. I'd get deodorant in my mouth.

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Cheryl D'Angelo 2 months ago

@jeffspear

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This ones for all you haters. Love me or hate me, either way I'm on your mind. ✌❤🙌💃

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GB1997 2 months ago

That quote is cringe worthy.

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