One hot, long weekend at my man’s place, I laid stretched out on his disheveled sheets debating how much longer I planned to lounge. Enjoying a quiet moment before preparing for Monday’s pending inevitability, the mood swiftly changed with this statement:
Are you going to do something about that?
Completely thrown off balance by my boo’s quizzical tone, I stared blankly at him to make sure he was referring to what I already knew.
“It’s getting out of control,” he said, affirming my suspicion. I looked down at my overgrown bikini line, feeling a little embarrassed. Not because he noticed, but because he pointed it out.
After the hairy situation at my love’s apartment I made an appointment at the waxer. Regardless of whether he said something or not, I planned to eventually make the trip. But the declaration of his disapproval made me think about the pressure black women go through just to groom the hair on our heads — let alone the hair on our bodies.
It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I started grooming my bikini line. I had my first serious boyfriend and decided to become sexually active, so I wanted it to look nice. In doing so, I didn’t realize I was adding another item to my list of hair styling concerns. During my sophomore year in college — out of pure curiosity — I tried my first bikini wax. After that, I ditched my razor forever for the smoother and long-lasting results. I thought a few uncomfortable minutes were a small price to pay for beauty.
Award winning actress Mo’ Nique, started a major debate when she decided to reveal her hairy legs at the 2010 Golden Globes. It seemed that the hair on her legs overshadowed her amazing win at the awards ceremony that evening. When a woman chooses not to shave, wax, tweeze, or Nair her body hair should this be considered a poor grooming habit or a choice? Mo’ Nique explained her reasons for not shaving are based on convenience.
I must show America what a real leg looks like … because it’s too much in the morning, every morning, to shave, to cut, you got Band-Aids, baby. — Mo’ Nique
Later, she also stated “hairy legs are a black woman thing.”
Since a full bikini wax includes the legs, it made me wonder: