NSFW: overgrown pubes question our views on beauty and grooming
Why shave or wax your ‘lady bush’ when you could grow them into fantastic hair styles like these? Be proud, ladies! Let that bush flow in its silky (or curly) glory! ‘Lady Manes’ is a self-portrait series by photographer Rhiannon Schneiderman, in which she pokes fun at society’s standards on beauty and grooming.
Intrigued by the concept of males using their facial hair as a sign of machismo, she too uses hair – though not the facial kind – to promote womanhood. In the photos, she stands confidently while wearing different lady mane styles and colours. The series, whether you see it as explicit or artistic, encourages women to be question the established beauty norms and be proud of who they are.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Schneiderman says, ‘Why is it strange to have long, glorious pubes? Why is it gross for women to have armpit hair or leg hair? Why do any of these things make people uncomfortable? Why is it okay to openly criticize someone else’s body?’
The provocative series, naturally, has gotten some mixed reactions, the funniest one being from her nana: ‘I think the funniest thing was when my Nana saw the photos and de-friended me on Facebook. To this day she refers to the series as ‘that naked pornography thing with the wigs’.