The evolution of pubic hair!

Its not easy being a woman, is it? Every few years, the 'trend' for what we do with our downstairs hair changes, sometimes dramatically.

Over time, the standards for pubic hair has evolved in various ways, shown in this entertaining little video from Glamour.


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So.... here's a brief overview of the evolution of pubes:

  • In Ancient Egypt, people removed hair from their bodies using sharp stones or bronze...ouch! The Ancient Egyptians are also said to have invented waxing using a simple 'sugaring' method.
  • In Ancient Greece, women favoured the 'landing strip' look, and apparently often removed excess hair by plucking individually...double ouch!
  • In the 15th/16th centuries, many women went fully bare to avoid lice (eep), but then wore a sort of wig down there to retain modesty (???)
  • Throughout the 1940's/50's, the bikini came into fashion so women were showing more skin, hich encouraged them to tidy the bikini line with a razor.
  • With the sexual revolution and feminism in the 60's and 70's, a full, unkempt bush was seen as defying misogyny and riding the counterculture wave.
  • In the 80's, high-cut workout gear a la Pamela Anderson was on trend, so women tidied up more and more using hair removal creams like Nair.
  • During the 1990's, the full Brazilian was the acceptable thing to do, a trend helped by Carrie Bradshaw of SATC.
  • In the 2000's, vajazzling was the bizarre trend, and now in the 2010's, anything goes!

Watch the video below, and let us know what you think in the comments:

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Ruth MacGilp, 20, UK. Fashion Communication Student and Fashion Blogger.
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