A fitness blogger decided to stop shaving her body hair and revealed what it was like after more than a year.
Morgan Mikenas is fighting the social pressure on women to keep their body hair trimmed, and encouraging people to do what makes them feel most comfortable instead.
Morgan receives a lot of positive support from her 7,000 followers on Instagram for her fitness as well as body hair.
Morgan recalled a time she was bullied for her body hair at school, but is now empowered to embrace a more natural look.
"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 ✨ Not just woman, but everyone! 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. ✨?I also just posted a new YouTube video on why I don't shave my body hair and how it helped me(link in bio)☺ #bodypositive #spreadlove #behappy #namaste #hairywomen #healing #healthylifestyle #selfcare #loveyourself #beyourself #bethechange #divine #inspireothers #inspirationalquotes #positivity #goodvibesonly #lifeisbeautiful #hairy #gratitude #weareone #higherconsciousness #freespirit #empowerment #smile #feelgood
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In her Youtube video titled ‘Why I Don’t Shave’, Morgan says:
I guess my number one reason why I stopped 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.’
After I let it do its thing and grow out I just realised ‘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.
WARNING If body hair offends you, you will want to keep scrolling, no negativity please Current physique from 3 weeks of not lifting because of an injury. I'm definitely missing the pump and endorphins for sure, but I love where I am right now. Enjoy your journey. Don't love yourself any less because you no longer have abs, or you are a few pounds heavier. And I'm fully aware that my body hair is clearly visible in this picture, and that's the whole reason I posted it. I've have been getting beautiful emails from females who I inspired to stop removing their body hair and have helped send them on their journey of self love. For that reason I refuse to stop sharing my natural self. So if that is a problem, go ahead and unfollow me! For a majority of my life I have been chasing acceptance and love from others, and not focused what is actually important.. Loving MYSELF and feeling comfortable in my own skin and not needing anyone's approval. Love myself for who I am, and not have to change something about myself to be accepted.. Appreciate yourself and the changes you go through. Don't be so hard on yourself☺️#fit #fitness #healthyliving #bodypositive #selflove #inspiration #bethechange #spreadlove #love #bodyhairdontcare #freespirit #support #positivevibes #goodvibesonly #tone #inspire #namaste #model #rest #feelgood #lifestyle #gains #befree #unity #respect #peace #natural #empowerment #fitnessmodel #bestself
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The fitness model explained her shock when she took schoolchildren swimming and they said she looked like a man.
It's just nice to embrace the natural beauty that you are.. the beauty that's on the inside AND the outside☺ What is beauty anyway? To me… it's to be beautiful before someone else told you what beautiful is supposed to be.. Just as you are, you are beautiful✨#bodyhairdontcare #fitness #bodypositive #spreadlove #gratitude #namaste #bethechange #beauty #hairywomen #empowerment #bebold #beyou #loveandlight #positivity #encouragement #onelove #freespirit #effyourbeautystandards #natural #physique #selfcare #selflove #fitnessmodel
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From an extremely young age, women are told that being hairy is in some way dirty and unattractive, so most of us shave because we think that.
Shaving should be a choice done for a positive reason, not because women feel like that have to.