A British photographer decided to defy beauty norms and standards by taking a series of photos with women who haven’t shaved proudly posing. Check out these amazing photos in the gallery below.
‘Natural Beauty’ is Ben Hopper’s artistic project. This Brit who likes to defy standards decided to highlight women’s hairiness; a subject that has become far too taboo recently. For more than a century, the beauty industry has been promoting this ‘obligation’ to shave and remove all body hair. Therefore, he did a photo shoot with dozens of women posing with their arms in the air, showing off their hairy armpits.
With these photos, Ben Hopper wants to show that there is nothing wrong with having body hair. He wants to change the way people think about this so that women who don’t shave aren’t ashamed and can proudly show off their decision. Each post on his Instagram account takes a good hard look at a different issue or somebody’s story. The caption of one of these pictures reads, ‘I stopped shaving my body hair as I realised that it is a choice, not a given. That it was unfair to have to spend so much extra time, sometimes money (if getting regular waxes) and energy in order to fulfil this conventional expectation to be hair free. This expectation seemed to be based entirely on my assigned biological gender, which was purely down to chance. Not choice.’
With this project, the young artist has gathered lots of interest from all around the world and his photos have been the subject of lots of different posts. On his site, he explains that ‘these reactions are inspiring and show the powerful impact of photography.’ Check out these amazing photos in our gallery below.