If you don’t already follow Baemisaal by now, you need to get on it.
The social media influencer and fashion blogger is a rare Instagram find; whether it’s preaching body positivity by being a plus-sized model or keeping it real, talking candidly about depression, her posts always stand out, including her latest about our societal obsession with women being hairless:
She wrote: “Most of you will cringe and even unfollow. Please go ahead. My life and actions do not exist to define yours. I simple vow to live my life unafraid and carved out of the molds you’d have me fit into. My girls, those reading this, I face the same brunts you do. I fight the same battles if not all. I’m sick of apologising for and being guilty of hiding parts of me that I am made to be ashamed of.”
She adds that it took her a month to accept and love herself with hair on a body.
“It was HARD. I put so much pressure on myself to look good not because of society but because I like looking a certain way. This includes the hair on my body. Something I was born with. Something men are told to have to be manly, something we are told to remove to be women. I will remove it on my own terms. I will grow it on my own terms. Let’s redefine what it means to be a woman or a man,” she added.
Raise your hands if you’ve ever felt pressured to remove body hair or were made to feel conscious about it; we know we have. More power to Baemisaal for refusing to conform to ridiculous standards of “beauty”.