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Januhairy : le nouveau challenge au poil

Il invite les femmes à se laisser pousser les poils pendant le mois de janvier.

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Hi I’m Laura, the gal behind Januhairy! I thought I would write a little about my experiences and how Januhairy came about... I grew out my body hair for a performance as part of my drama degree in May 2018. There had been some parts that were challenging for me, and others that really opened my eyes to the taboo of body hair on a woman. After a few weeks of getting used to it, I started to like my natural hair. I also started to like the lack of uncomfortable episodes of shaving. Though I felt liberated and more confident in myself, some people around me didn’t understand why I didn’t shave/didn’t agree with it. I realised that there is still so much more for us to do to be able to accept one another fully and truly. Then I thought of Januhairy and thought I would try it out. It’s a start at least . . . I have had a lot of support from my friends and family! Even though I had to explain why I was doing it to a lot of them which was surprising, and again, the reason why this is important to do! When I first started growing my body hair my mum asked me “Is it you just being lazy or are you trying to prove a point?” . . . why should we be called lazy if we don’t want to shave? And why do we have to be proving a point? After talking to her about it and helping her understand, she saw how weird it was that she asked those questions. If we do something/see the same things, over and over again it becomes normal. She is now going to join in with Januhairy and grow out her own body hair which is a big challenge for her as well as many women who are getting involved. Of course a good challenge! This isn’t an angry campaign for people who don’t see how normal body hair is, but more an empowering project for everyone to understand more about their views on themselves and others. This picture was taken a few months ago. Now I am joining in with Januhairy, starting the growing process again along with the other wonderful women who have signed up! Progress pictures/descriptions from our gals will be posted throughout the month. Lets get hairy 🌵 #januhairy #bodygossip #bodyhairmovement #happyandhairy #loveyourbody #thenaturalrevolution #natural #hairywomen #womanpowe

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Januhairy voudrait être pour les femmes ce que Movember est pour les hommes, à la différence près que le second cherche à sensibiliser à plusieurs maladies masculines parmi lesquelles le cancer de la prostate. Selon la BBC, ce défi a été lancé par Laura Jackson, 21 ans, une étudiante de la très huppée faculté d’Exeter en Angleterre. Il invite les femmes du monde entier à ne pas se raser pendant le mois de janvier, comme Movember encourage les hommes à se laisser pousser la moustache en novembre.

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De nos jours, chaque mois constitue une nouvelle occasion de s’engager. On vous avait déjà parlé de ce challenge : le Dry January qui consiste à ne pas boire une goutte d’alcool pendant ce premier mois de l’année.

Januhairy, savant jeu de mots entre hair, poil en anglais, et January qui signifie janvier, a pour but d’aider les femmes à mieux "accepter et aimer" leurs poils, selon les mots de son instigatrice qui a partagé sa démarche dans un long post sur Instagram.

"À l’origine, j’ai laissé pousser les poils de mon corps dans le cadre d’une performance pour mon diplôme de théâtre en mai 2018", raconte-t-elle. Elle affirme que cette expérience a été extrêmement libératrice : "Après quelques semaines à m’y habituer j’ai commencé à aimer mes poils. J’ai aussi commencé à apprécier le fait de ne pas avoir à me raser régulièrement."

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C’est suite aux réactions interloquées de certains de ses proches que la jeune femme a eu l’idée de Januhairy :

"Ce n’est pas une campagne de haine à l’intention de celles et ceux qui ne comprennent pas qu’avoir des poils c’est normal, mais plutôt un projet pour se mettre en valeur et mieux se comprendre les uns, les autres", conclut-elle avant d’encourager d’autres femmes à rejoindre son mouvement.

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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 • • • @i_am_morgie~ “…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.”👏 • • • All the girls joining in januhairy are shaving off their body hair on New Year’s Eve (Monday 31st) ready to kick start the new year with a new challenge! We have many women who have signed up for this charity project so far, from the age range of 16-60! ✨💃✨💃 Sign up and join in while you can! #3daysleft #januhairy #thenaturalrevolution #bodyhairmovement #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 #bodygossip

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This post is gonna be bold, and transparent. Cause that's what I'm all about. For those who know me, you know I'm kinda a wild little hippie chic. 🌻 I'm not afraid to speak my truth, and that is that I love myself so fucking much, and I dont care who knows it. Which leads me to this post.. In honor of #januhairy, I am sharing my why. I grew up in an incredibly materialistic, ego minded family. Where you had to spend an hour minimum doing your face and getting dolled up to leave the house. Walmart in PJs was just unacceptable.. Which leads me to my next point. BODY HAIR. The naturally growing stuff that sprouts from our pores. That was totally not okay. I was shamed from a very young age.. especially since I had undiagnosed Endocrine and hormonal disorders that I wouldn't learn about til my early 20's. I had hair on my chin, on my belly, even on my back and butt. And because of my family's shame, I went to extreme lengths to remove it... trying Nair, bleach powder.. and mind you, I was about 13 at this point in my life. Fast forward to today. IDGAF what anyone thinks of my body, because I LOVE HER and that's all that matters. I stopped shaving regularly around the time I had kids. At that point, my husband had seen it all, so what the hell?! My family would say things like, "OMG, what does your husband think?? Eww!" First of all, why do you care what my husband thinks? And second, I'll tell you. He worships me like the Queen Goddess I am. Body hair does not define a woman. It doesn't make her lazy, it doesn't make her gross. We've had this stigma for far too long that women need to uphold this fantasy image and it's just not realistic.. I'm here to break the cycle and stand up for all you ladies in the back who had someone shame you for how your body looks, thus unknowingly creating an unhealthy self image within you. It ends here. Be proud of who you are! There's no one like you and you are beautiful! Dont ever let anyone make you think otherwise!! 💋💃🔥🙌💎🌈 #bodygossip #bodyhairmovement #happyandhairy #selflove #thenaturalrevolution

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Ce n’est pas la première fois que des femmes postent des photos d’elles en affichant leur pilosité. Madonna, Paris Jackson, Miley Cyrus… nombreuses sont les stars à avoir exhibé leurs aisselles velues comme un acte militant.

Par Clothilde Bru, publié le 04/01/2019

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