Last month, South Korean designer Kaimin sent models down the runway at New York Fashion Week decked out in futuristic metallic jackets and… merkins. Yes, merkins, a.k.a. pubic wigs. Some models walking the designer’s show skipped bottoms altogether in favour of big, bushy, well, bushes, while others donned nude underwear adorned with faux landing strips.
Of course, Kaimin’s show might be the most recent indicator of pubic hair’s trendy resurgence, but there have been other signs that bush is slowly but surely making a comeback. Last summer, Amber Rose posted a sexy shot of herself on Instagram with the hashtag to promote her annual Slut Walk. And remember back in 2013, when Gwyneth Paltrow told Ellen that she was rocking a in her nether regions? Women either applauded or were appalled—at the time, the Brazillian reigned supreme and wax bars seemed to be opening up on every corner. Nevertheless, it helped to open up a discussion on how we dress up (or down?) our lady bits.
But now that the trend is swinging the other way, are non-celeb women as interested in going au natch, or are we still hanging onto two decades of barely-there pubic hair, which the patrons of porn would still have us believe is the sexiest choice? And how does the F-word (feminism, duh—what did you think we meant?) play into it all?
We talked to 10 women from across Canada about exactly that. Here’s what they had to say.
Celine Trojand, 33, Tahsis, BC
What’s a girl to do when on a 30-day vacation that doesn’t include regularly-scheduled grooming times? Not much, actually. “I just arrived home from a month-long road trip across the U.S. and found it challenging to keep [my pubic hair] short while on the road. Trimming your pubes in a campground outhouse or in the middle of a forest isn’t ideal,” Trojand says. She didn’t worry about it much while she was away, but now that she’s home, she’s back to a uniformly trimmed look, which to her “feels clean, but protected and soft.”
But Trojand wasn’t always this free with her situation. “I was a competitive swimmer growing up and, as a teenager especially, was worried about my pubes poking out of my bathing suit or being visible, so I would wax or shave my bikini line often. I almost never do that anymore. This year I got a grey hair and I think it’s awesome.” And the consensus among her pals? “Most of the gals I know are into a nice cushy, protective bush.”