If you've never given much thought to your arm hair, it may be hard to imagine what it's like to be unhappy with your own day in and day out, but that's precisely the self-consciousness experienced by countless women moving from childhood into adolescence. One such person is Nicole, who recalls, "My arm hair was pointed out to me ever since I can remember. The average human body boasts some 5 million hair follicles , and generations of beauty standards across many cultures have dictated that on femme-presenting bodies, some of this hair is acceptable and some of it is not. Body hair has been censured and policed, giving rise to hair-removal rituals requiring immense time and resources: shaving, waxing, laser hair removal, electrolysis, and more. As the body-positivity movement has gathered momentum in recent years, though, body hair , especially on legs and armpits, has begun to enter the mainstream, with celebrities and Instagram influencers applauded for flaunting theirs.
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In winter months, it can be especially tempting to skip your shaving routine. Who says no shave November should end after one month? While not shaving arm pit hair was definitely a craze in anyone remember Miley Cyrus dying her armpit hair pink? This makes no sense to me, as I find shaving legs to be a way bigger pain and ordeal than pits. In fact, I generally don't shave my legs between December through February unless I'm wearing a very specific outfit that will involve a lot of leg. I've even preached all the reasons you should skip shaving in winter right here on Bustle! If your razor is weighing you down and bumming you out this season, seriously just step away.
Unlike other parts of the body that can be surgically enhanced, sexy legs are either the result of a natural blessing or hard work in the gym and these ten women present the assets one way or the other. The Olympian has a unique combination of strength and beauty as she was also signed on to be a Cover Girl spokesmodel. The Glee star has fans singing to the heavens when she shows up at a function with a side slit dress that exposes her slender dark legs. Lea Michele is on the fast track to success as both an actress and a singer with a long resume of Broadway performances including Les Miserables , Ragtime , and Fiddler on the Roof.