Morgan Mikenas, a 20-year-old fitness blogger from Indiana, is done shaving her body hair — and judging by the reaction online, she’s not the only one.
In her now-viral YouTube video, which has amassed 1.3 million views and counting, Mikenas clarified right away that she wasn’t “trying to make all of humanity just stop shaving their armpits and leg hair anymore.” But for those who did want to stop shaving but hadn’t yet, Mikenas said she hoped she could be an inspiration.
“I stopped shaving because it was an inconvenience,” Mikenas explained. “It’s pointless. I feel like it’s an act of submission to the male-dominated culture we live in. I want to mindfully make decisions for myself, and make choices that serve my purpose. Shaving my legs makes me feel powerless.”
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"There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty."~Steve Maraboli 🌸✨ Not just woman, but everyone! Imagine if everyone just decided that today was the day they loved themselves and embraced every part of them selves. Accepting and loving your body and your "flaws" because you know they are what makes you who you are. If you are focused on being true to yourself in every moment, you are less concerned what others think, which will lead to peace of mind. When you have nothing to hide and you can freely be yourself, there is a profound peace/confidence you will emanate to the world that will inspire others. ✨💝🤘🏼I also just posted a new YouTube video on why I don't shave my body hair and how it helped me(link in bio)☺ #bodypositive #spreadlove #behappy #namaste #hairywomen #healing #healthylifestyle #selfcare #loveyourself #beyourself #bethechange #divine #inspireothers #inspirationalquotes #positivity #goodvibesonly #lifeisbeautiful #hairy #gratitude #weareone #higherconsciousness #freespirit #empowerment #smile #feelgood
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WARNING If body hair offends you, you will want to keep scrolling, no negativity please👋🏼👌🏼 Current physique from 3 weeks of not lifting because of an injury. I'm definitely missing the pump and endorphins for sure, but I love where I am right now. Enjoy your journey. Don't love yourself any less because you no longer have abs, or you are a few pounds heavier. And I'm fully aware that my body hair is clearly visible in this picture, and that's the whole reason I posted it. I've have been getting beautiful emails from females who I inspired to stop removing their body hair and have helped send them on their journey of self love. For that reason I refuse to stop sharing my natural self. So if that is a problem, go ahead and unfollow me! For a majority of my life I have been chasing acceptance and love from others, and not focused what is actually important.. Loving MYSELF and feeling comfortable in my own skin and not needing anyone's approval. Love myself for who I am, and not have to change something about myself to be accepted.. Appreciate yourself and the changes you go through. Don't be so hard on yourself☺️💜
As a pre-teen, Mikenas recalled, she had been made to feel incredibly self-conscious about her leg hair. For Mikenas, the decision to not shave her legs was ultimately about learning to accept her own body. Her new self-confidence, Mikenas insisted, felt like a “super power.”
“You can be immune to criticism by being fearless,” said Mikenas. “Practice acceptance — for others and yourself.”
Watch the video below.
Read the full story at Women’s Health magazine.