A girl posted a picture on social media with a few more hairs on her body than is deemed socially acceptable. After she posted it, a big discussion took place on the internet concerning her tummy. Why would she do this? Very simple, she was just feeling cute and was loving her body shape.
WHAT IS IT?
@iranikanjari recently posted a picture showing off her body as it is. The photo contains Pakola Papi showing off her body with a few dark hairs on her lower tummy and her upper thighs. Pakola is an 18-year-old girl from Dallas, Texas who is of Iranian, Indian and also Pakistani heritage.
WHAT MADE HER POST THE SELFIES?
The reason why she uploaded the ‘controversial’ picture to her Twitter account was because she was “… just feeling cute and was loving my body shape.” She also states that the “Walmart underwear vibes”- post was among the least disputed ones she has ever shared online. But as she had suspected there was a lot of negative feedback, but also, surprisingly, a lot of support.
WHY IS IT COOL?
The amount of courage and boldness it took for Pakola Papi to post this picture shows that there is a definite shift in the standard of female beauty. Young women everywhere are following Pakola’s example and are accepting themselves and their bodies as they naturally are. But not only will the topic of body hair on women further the discussion of body-positivity, it will also open a lot of doors for issues such as sexism, whitewashing and cultural appropriation to find their way onto social media platforms and maybe even into mainstream media.
WILL THERE BE A TRANSFORMATION?
The image of a pale, flawless and hairless ideal woman is slowly changing. We, as a society, are starting to accept more and more body ideals because of young feministic women such as Pakola who dare to show their (according to the media) imperfect bodies.
HOW CAN THIS TOPIC BE CONNECTED TO THE CONCEPT OF INDIVIDUALIZATION?
This viral post is a good example of individualism. By means of the body positivity movement, I hope women everywhere will eventually stop conforming to the ONE ideal view of feminine beauty. They will start to love their bodies and let their own “gardens” grow, according to Pakola. And so people will eventually become their own person.