In the 1970s, bigger was better. In the ’80s and ’90s, its popularity waxed and waned. But in the ’00s, that once-revered patch of lovely lady locks performed a vanishing act. We’re talking about pubic hair, folks, and the fact that once upon a time, people embraced the bush, but over the last decade, it has fallen out of favor as more and more women opt for bald vajayjays.
Some people blame porn and a youth-obsessed culture that infantilizes women for the vilification of pubic hair, while others trace its demise to Sex and the City and Carrie Bradshaw’s introduction of the Brazilian wax to the mainstream. Whatever the case, the trend has caught on enough for a college-age man in Minnesota to say that he’d never hook up with a girl with pubic hair and that he’d be disgusted to undress a woman and discover a, as the Atlantic put it, “veil of genital fur.” But the tide may be changing on this “bare is better” mentality, or at least that’s what our friends at Jezebel suggest. The fact that waxed vulvas are officially mainstream, or mainstream enough to be the expressed preference in a Minnesota college classroom, might mean that it’s lost its appeal for elite tastemakers, who must now reach for something taboo to shock the masses, something unexpected, something—gasp!—au natural.
The basis for this hypothesis? The latest issue of the decidedly cool and edgy fashion magazine Industrie, which features model Saskia de Brauw in the nude with her bush blazing. And in the last year, mossy cottages have graced the pages of LOVE magazine, Vogue Paris, and Arena Homme Plus. Maybe this is the beginning of the end for the bald lady flower after all. What do you think? Are you happy to see nature’s tufted treasure make a comeback?