A WOMAN has given up shaving hair on her face and body, despite being told she looks “like a man” and even lets strangers stroke her beard.
Bethany Burgoyne, 30, a creative entrepreneur from Essex, felt pressured to constantly shave her body hair while growing up but ditched the razor in 2018.
Bethany, who also works as an artist and journalist, started to question society’s standards at the age of 27.
She decided to embrace her leg and armpit hair as she slowly realised that she was happier leaving her hair to grow.
She started to feel proud of her hair and has now allowed it to grow in other areas of her body including her stomach, chin and bikini area.
People have called Bethany a “man” in the past and told her to shave, but this doesn’t deter her from leaving the hair.
It was when Bethany was 29 that she was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries, a hormone imbalance that is reasonably common among women.
This can cause hair to grow abnormally, but Bethany doesn’t stress herself trying to remove it all.
It was thanks to the pandemic and being in the privacy of my own company that I started to grow out my chin hair.
She shares her journey on Instagram, in order to encourage other women that it’s ok to be hairy.
After sharing her story publicly, Bethany discovered a fetish community of people who are attracted to hairy women and she founded a body and sex positive workshop “The Sassy Show”.
At the events Bethany allows people to touch her body hair as she believe consensual stroking can reinforce confidence in others.
Bethany encourages others not to worry about their hair but focus on feeling confident and beautiful in their own bodies.
The artist and journalist said: “I see now that we can be the person we wish to see – for me, that was a woman who had hair on her body and was proud to show it off.
“It was thanks to the pandemic and being in the privacy of my own company that I started to grow out my chin hair.
Bethany allows people to touch her body hair as she believe consensual stroking can reinforce confidence in others.
“I felt safe to do this without the judgement of others seeing me. The more I looked and touched the hairs on my face and neck, the more I realised that they were a gorgeous part of me and that I could feel good and proud of my appearance.”
Bethany wants women to recognise that they can be using the time spend to remove their hair on more important things.
She said: “To start with when I discovered the hairy fetish community, I was frustrated by the many online hairy fetish loving accounts that are on apps like Instagram.
“This made me recognise how much love and celebration there is for hairy ladies like myself. We are wonderful and every image I see builds a sense of confidence. I love the support.”
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