If there's one thing that's annoying about being a woman, it's that the whole of society seems to have an opinion on your appearance. Whereas most men can simply brush their teeth, put on some deodorant, and be good to go, the amount of prep it takes for a woman to seem appropriately groomed can be extensive. And one area where this is more true than any is the thorny topic of body hair.
Most women feel at least some societal pressure to deal with their body hair, from their armpits, to their legs, all the way to their faces. Removing body hair can be expensive, annoying, and even painful - and yet, it's something that we're all expected to undertake. But one inspiring woman from Denmark has bucked the trend entirely, and the internet is loving her revolutionary stance.
Thirty-one-year-old Eldina Jaganjac has made the brave move to buck society's trends and let her facial hair grow free. Back in March of 2020, she decided to stop all forms of facial hair removal and allow her unibrow and mustache to flourish to their highest potential. She quickly realized this extra hair had no bearing on how she felt, and she found her new look just as feminine as before.
That said, it hasn't all been plain sailing. Eldina has suffered from plenty of unwanted comments from the general public since she underwent her transformation. She says she's often spoken to by strangers in the street, with some even advising her to pluck or shave.
However, Eldina has managed to turn the unwanted attention into a positive thing. Rather than being offended by those who dislike her distinctive look, Eldina instead thinks of it as a weeding-out process. Anyone who doesn't like the way her face naturally looks has no business being a part of her life, after all!
Eldina believes her unique appearance ensures the only potential love interests in her life genuinely want to get to know her as a person, rather than because of her appearance. Although honestly, we think she looks amazing!
The reaction is actually almost completely positive, but I am sure that there are some negative comments behind my back, but I don't really care about that. I have noticed a few grown men stare at my unshaven legs and my eyebrows like I had a third head. If anything, I get more positive attention and I get to weed out the more conservative people from the beginning," Eldina told Tyla.
"Before I let my unibrow grow out, I did feel like there were extremely limited options to how women were supposed to look. Compared to men, we are expected to spend much more time and money on our looks just to be deemed visually acceptable in society, especially when we are in public spaces. If a man doesn't shave and doesn't pluck his eyebrows, no one notices or comments and it's nothing out of the ordinary."
Eldina also claims her new look has helped her become more confident, open-minded, and creative. She says she encourages other women to do exactly what they want with their body hair. "I want to convey the message that we are all different, and that's okay. There's no one right or wrong but every person, despite their gender, should have the right to do as they want with their appearance." Hear, hear!