This fitness blogger hasn't shaved her body hair in over a year

Fitness blogger Morgan Mikenas pays special attention to her lifestyle choices. As a body builder, she regularly shares fitness regimes and body transformation photos on Instagram.

Now Mikenas is embracing a new sort of change. In a bid to become “more comfortable in herself,” she’s decided to stop shaving her body hair — and is encouraging other women to do the same.

Body hair removal dates back to ancient Egypt and Greece, but took off in the 20th century when Gillette sold the first razor for women in 1915, declaring body hair both unhygienic and unfashionable.

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The 1960s saw the return of female fuzz, but the porn industry boom in the 1980s stigmatized the way we view pubic hair once more.

There are lots of things that society tells us we should and shouldn’t do with regards to our aesthetics, our lifestyles, relationships, and more. Why do we persist in allowing society to define us? What is the huge problem with being different? I don’t shave my legs, and I will never have the urge to do it ever again. Not shaving my body hair has improved my confidence and helped me break free from expectations that society has of me and other women. Not shaving is a lifestyle in itself. Because society tells us that our body hair is disgusting, I get negative comments everywhere I go, people stare, and try and bring me down. That is the reality we live in. And stuff like that shouldn’t even be relevant. I am very comfortable within myself and that’s what it is about. Any negative way a person reacts to you is just a direct reflection of THEIR OWN insecurities, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU. All I am trying to get at is whatever you are doing, make sure it is for yourself and your happiness. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, honestly it’s scary at first, but the more you do things you would not usually do, you are creating the better person you want to be. Don’t let society define who you are. ☺️????????????????????????Tag a friend you think could learn from my words and body hair #love #inspiration #bethechange #life #spreadlove #selflove #encouragment #change #changetheworld #empowerment #different #fitness #feminism #trainhard #health #bodyhairdontcare #positivity #positivevibesonly #womenempowerment #befree #loveyourself #onelove #freemind #peaceandlove #healing #findtheothers #reality #comfortable #society #model

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Last month, a year after ditching the razor, Mickenas shared on her personal decision to stop shaving. “I like being my most natural, human self,” she said in a recent YouTube video. “I don’t think anyone should be ashamed of themselves in any way … when you have nothing to hide and you can freely be yourself.”

Mickenas also reveals she had been bullied for her hairy legs in school, when she was 11 or 12, and ran home crying to ask her mom if she could learn how to shave.

Now a tool of empowerment, Mickenas swears she’ll never pick up a razor again.

“It’s led me on a path of self-love and has changed my life.”

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