Women in France have taken to social media to fight against body stigma and societal stereotypes. These women are redefining the meaning of beautiful through a bold move of posting pictures of their body hair using the hashtag #Princesseshavehair or #LesPrincessesOntDesPoils on social media.
Adéle Labo started the trend, by encouraging women to post similar pictures, to assert the message that there is nothing abnormal about body hair on women and they are no less beautiful. Women, since time and before have always been pressurized to have perfectly smooth, hairless skin and to stick to the conventional norms of beauty set by the society at large. A lot of women still continue to flock to weight-loss management centres, hoard beauty and fairness products to fit into the moulds of ‘beauty’. Naturally, the commercial and the advertisement industries are thriving by playing on this vulnerability of women.
According to Mashable, the hashtags have got more than 25,000 mentions and thus have evidently provoked debate around the topic. And women have been sharing pictures of their body hair ever since and it has been inspiring, to say the least.
— Olivia Cassano (@liv_css) 13 July 2016
— Céline Montaudy (@celinefrancesca) 13 July 2016
— Ellen Ellis (@heymissee) 13 July 2016
Earlier, an Indian woman also contributed to stop body-shaming and pressurizing women to shave their body hair by a poem she published on social media.
It is beautiful to see voices, of men and women alike, being raised to fight stigmas that percolated into everyday lifestyles because of the patriarchal set-up which was earlier followed and the resulting expectations from each gender.