How many of you people have got this thought in mind about when women started shaving their legs and underarms, so we cracked our research and Here’s what we learned:
Women had no need to have to shave their underarms before about 1915 ““ naturally, who ever saw them? Even the word “underarm” was viewed as scandalous, what with it becoming so near specific other exciting body parts. Then came the sleeveless dress. An ad in the fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar decreed that to wear it (and definitely to wear it when participating in “Modern Dancing”), women would really need to first see to “the removal of objectionable hair.”
The ’20s fashion was risqué on the bottom half, too, but most women of the era didn’t apparently feel the need to shave their legs, and when hemlines decreased again in the ’30s, the level became moot. The ’40s, even so, added even shorter skirts, sheerer stockings, and the rise of leggy pin-ups such as Betty Grable. “The removal of objectionable hair” suddenly applied to a lot more surface area.
Was it porn stars who began this one? GIs concerned about disease? The Brazilians? Nah. For hundreds of years, the bikini wax has been a typical practice among a group more often related with extreme modesty. In much of the Middle East and North Africa, brides-to-be remove all their body hair before the wedding night. Yes, all of it. Often, they stick with the aesthetic after marriage ““ and some men do likewise.