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Woman Stops Shaving for a Year to Create a Powerful Message about Cultural Beauty Standards

Fitness blogger takes a stand against pressure of society

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In today’s society, there’s a lot of pressure on women to keep their body hair trimmed. Mogran Mikenas is a fitness blogger who decided to go against the norm and encourage women to just do what make them feel the most comfortable instead.

She decided to quit shaving for a year. For a whole year, she didn’t shave her armpits or legs at all. She said at first she was worried that she would feel dirty and unfeminine, but that didn’t turn out to be the case. She has now developed an affinity for the body hair that she once was compelled to remove.

Morgan quickly became a role model for young girls who feel pressured to maintain society’s beauty standards, and currently has over 7,000 followers on Instagram, where she posts pictures depicting her individuality and her unashamed view on body hair. She conveys a message of body-positivity, self-love, and acceptance. She wants women across the world to realize that they’re beautiful no matter what, and that cultural standards do not have to determine our choices, especially when it comes to our own bodies.

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Additionally, Morgan has started a YouTube channel which has become incredibly popular. In her video titled “Why I Don’t Shave,” she 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. I just, one day, was like ‘why am I doing this anymore? This just takes so much time.’”

She talks about how today’s children are receiving the message about the unacceptability of body hair at an extremely young age and she’s passionate about change. Morgan says her mission is not about telling people that they shouldn’t shave; rather, it’s about encouraging them to have the freedom and confidence to do what feels right to them.


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