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A month-long campaign encouraging women to grow out their body hair is happening for the first time.

Januhairy, set up by student Laura Jackson, 21, from Warwickshire aims to help women love and accept their natural hair while raising money for charity - rather like a female version of Movember.

The Exeter University student said she came up with the idea after growing out her own hair for a performance.

'Though I felt liberated and more confident in myself, some people around me didn't understand or agree with why I didn't shave,' the third-year drama student said.

'I realised that there is still so much more for us to do to be able to accept one another fully and truly.'

Women from around the world have signed up to the challenge, from Spain to USA and Laura hopes to raise £1,000 for charity Body Gossip’s education program, which teaches young people about body image.

Exeter University student Laura Jackson, 21, started growing out her body hair when preparing for a one-woman show as part of her drama degree

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Exeter University student Laura Jackson, 21, started growing out her body hair when preparing for a one-woman show as part of her drama degree

Laura posted a snap of her armpits on Instagram to kickstart the challenge, saying: writing on Instagram: '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.'

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But it hasn't all been positive reaction, as though Laura says she feels liberated, she explains that some people around her don't understand why she isn't shaving.

'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?'

So, what would you do.

Do you dare to hair?

tumblespots
11 days ago
What do you think of this?
Lynibis
Lynibis11 days ago

Find it hard too see how hairy armpits can make you feel more confident when the majority of folk wouldn't want to get up close and personal. How far do you take 'accept each other fully and truly'. Never cut head hair, stop cutting toenails, don't wear any make up, don't brush teeth. Some people will say or do anything for their 5 minutes. Hey, live as you please but let others do same.

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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11 days ago

You are right, there was a report on the internet a couple of weeks ago about women who, as you suggest, said they never clean their teeth - or their childrens teeth? Five minutes of fave - I wouldn't do it.

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hspexy
hspexy11 days ago

I adopted the regimes to keep my body as hairless as possible since my early teens...last year, after the summer when it started to get cold, I got lazy and didn’t bother keeping up with it, so I could utilise my time doing other things...and things do sprout rather quickly 😜 I still prefer having my body as hairless as possible, but I couldn’t care less what other people think (I’d admit I’m not too hairy to begin with, so im probably not making much of a statement)

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RegularComper90
RegularComper9011 days ago

I find all these month trends such as Veganuary, Januhairy and many others rather silly. If you really want to do something then why not just do it anyway regardless of what month it is?

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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10 days ago

I couldn't agree more, why wait for someone else to tell you or suggest that you should be doing something. If you want to , do it regardless.

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Lynibis
Lynibis10 days ago

Hey girls, here's something to look forward to, one of the few benefits of age! I always had my lower legs waxed and now they are smooth as a baby's bum and never need it. Underarms same, just a scrape under the shower every few weeks. Just like hspexy though never had much to start and being blonde hardly showed lol.

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mmokane24
mmokane2410 days ago

I find it interesting that no one mentions that men don't shave their arm pits or legs so why do women need to. it is ridiculous that women still need to conform to what is considered feminine. if women grow hair naturally then it is every bit as normal for women to have underarm hair as it is for men to.

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Lynibis
Lynibis10 days ago

I agree, but I have never heard a man insist that a woman shaves, though I guess some do. Most women shave because they want to or prefer it. Who wants to be hairy like a man and what man wants to be hairless like a woman?. It is just another difference between the sexes (men have beards), which everyone seems to want to change these days. Vive la difference! Must we really move toward a society where men and women all look the same and if a woman feels shaving is 'conforming' then what is wearing a load of slap, for men or for themselves?

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mmokane24
mmokane2410 days ago

society decides what is masculine and feminine. I am just put forward the point of view that if it is natural then why should it be considered ugly only on women. it women shave because the idea of women put forward is always hairless. no one has to insist on it as it is such an ingrained image in society no one even questions it. there are other societies where it is not considered that women should be hairless so they don't shave. it is the same with other social constructs of beauty where it changes based on the society you live in

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GlitchHunter
GlitchHunter10 days ago

Dare to hair?? Lol. I'm hairy all year round and only shave on special occasions. What makes her think it's special to grow out hair? Hahaha... us lazy girls let it all hang out and stay hairy all year. What should we call that? Januhairy? Hahah How about Annuhairy? I'm not funny. I'll sit down.

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CaterinaGoodfel
CaterinaGoodfel10 days ago

I think it's great that some people can do this not shave but I is pretty hard if you are used to doing it as a normal regime. I know because I have tried to do this and it's not easy not to grab a razer to shave those hairy bits. so far I have not shaved for two weeks and I think that's a tremendous achievement for myself. but I do appreciate other people's opinion everybody should accept the way people are world to self opinionated about ourselves and other people I take people as they are life is too short get busy living get busy dying good luck to all that try not to shave.

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SuzJ
SuzJ10 days ago

I think people should just do what makes them feel comfortable and confident; I fail to see the need for a social media campaign for everything. Do get the feeling I ought to be a bit more positive if it's for charity but it's hardly a new concept - I'm sure I remember some actress or other trying to promote not shaving years back.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig9 days ago

I haven't had the time to shave my legs! Since my wee man was born my showers are now very quick! Luckily it is winter so I'm not showing my legs off!

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