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Most women we know perform the grooming ritual of shaving some area(s) of their bodies a few times a week. Of those who do, the great majority would probably agree that it’s an annoying chore, and can affect your wardrobe choice. As with most cultural customs, everything we do has a traceable origin.

Underarms, American women had no need to shave their underarms before about 1915 – after all, who ever saw them? Even the word “underarm” was considered scandalous. Then came the sleeveless dress. An ad in the fashion mag Harper’s Bazaar decreed that- to wear it, women would need to first see to “the removal of objectionable hair.

Legs, The ’20s fashion was risqué on the bottom half, too, but most women of the era didn’t seem to feel the need to shave their legs, and when hemlines dropped again in the ’30s, the point became moot.

The ’40s, however, brought even shorter skirts, sheerer stockings, and the rise of leggy pin-ups such as Betty Grable. “The removal of objectionable hair” suddenly applied to a lot more surface area.

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Was it porn actresses who started this one? GIs concerned about disease? The Brazilians?
Nah. For hundreds of years, the bikini wax has been a common practice among a group more often associated with extreme modesty: Muslim women. In much of the Middle East and North Africa, brides-to-be remove all their body hair before the wedding night. Yes, all of it. Frequently, they stick with the aesthetic after marriage – and some men do likewise.

 

 

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