Even though the hairs are natural, today it has become a affirmation, a kind of act of resistance. Why ? For at least a century, we have been used to thinking, as the beauty and cosmetics industry dictates, which encourages thehair removal.
With this photo series, Ben Hopper questions this phenomenon of society, creating a striking contrast between the conventional beauty of magazines and these women in the rough, to initiate the debate. Transform his complexes in assumed pride, Here is the motto of this beautiful project.
The project started in 2007 and it is still relevant, since new photos have just been released. Natural Beauty is not ready to finish! This series of photos seeks to sensitize the population, why are these hairy women labeled as "Not sexy". As the photographer explains:
The whole point of this series is the contrast between the fashionable feminine beauty and the raw and unconventional look of a woman's hairy armpits. I hope these photos will surprise many people and I imagine that, in a way, that's what I'm looking for
So, even though Ben found several models ready to play the game, the experience was particularly difficult for one of them. A young woman who had allowed herself to grow hair decided to end the photo shoot because she thought it was too "disgusting". This proves how much, even the women themselves, have been used to thinking as such.
Too bad for this episode. That's not what will stop Ben, because the photographer wanted especially to explore this theme to discover how hairy armpits are such taboohow are they shocking? Wanting to know more about our perception of beauty in the pop culture, he realized that in the industry of movie and some fashion, it emerges a certain type of beauty very standard and basic. Ben wants, on his own, to change the points of view and the prejudice on this phenomenon.
Described as a reappropriation of oneself, the fact of no longer shaving would therefore express a choice volunteer no longer martyr his own body. Between razors and other waxes that attack the skin, why do so much harm to the skin? appearances who, when you think about it, have no meaning? Why spend so much time and spend so much money to remove all this?
Ben Hopper adds, however, that he is not trying to to convince all women to no longer waxing their armpits:
I'm not saying that women should start to let hair grow under their arms. I just think it's a possibility that people should not reject. I would just like people to question the beauty canons in general.
A beautiful initiative, presented so artistic and raw, for a current issue that keeps talking. So creative, here's how to question a phenomenon too controversy. We love this kind of photo series, which thwart prejudice. And in the same vein, we offer these goods on these clichés colored against the stereotypes of little girls and this photo series which features models with Down Syndrome.
Imagined by: Ben Hopper