A 31-year-old woman refuses to shave off her facial hair because she believes her mustache and Unibrow gives her more confidence.
Eldina Jaganjac, a tutor from Copenhagen, Denmark, says she feels more feminine with her facial hair and does not want to shave it off.
She insisted that she gets more positive attention now than when she used to remove the hair.
According to Daily Mail, “Eldina told how she grew up in a small city where everyone was expected to fit in. As she got older, she said she grew frustrated by the fact women are expected to spend more time and money on maintaining their looks through hair removal than men are.”
The tutor added that men, especially teenagers, stare at her eyebrows like they are her ‘third head.’
“Before I let my unibrow grow out, I did feel like there were extremely limited options to how women were supposed to look.”
“Compared to men, we are expected to spend much more time and money on our looks just to be deemed visually acceptable in society, especially when you are in public spaces.”
Eldina stopped shaving her hair after March 2020 due to her frustration with social pressure and people’s expectations of women to look a certain way.
“If a man doesn’t shave and doesn’t pluck his eyebrows, no one notices or comments, and it’s nothing out of the ordinary.”
“Just like many other women, I have learned to police myself. For instance, I used to not feel comfortable going outside unless my eyebrows were the accepted small size, and I wouldn’t go to the gym unless my legs were clean shaven.”
She said she didn’t stop being herself despite some men looking at her eyebrows like they were her ‘third head’ and their negative comments about the hair on her face.
“Now, I’ve chosen to focus on the tasks and goals that I need to have done and less on how I appear while doing them and whether people like me or not, because I probably won’t ever see them again, and if I do, I still don’t care.”
“I don’t care what people think. I don’t want it to become this big thing – no pun intended – but it’s a personal choice for everyone to make themselves, and I wish that people wouldn’t care no matter how a woman chooses to look.”
“I used to feel less feminine because of my rather voluminous eyebrows. Growing up, I noticed that I was considered a brute when my body hair first started to grow as a teenager,” she continued.
“I noticed most girls around me panicking around the age of 13 and 14 and starting to shave and pluck anything pluckable because they wanted to be accepted as female and tried to fit into their new role as a young woman.”
Eldina believes a woman should do whatever makes her happy, and she shouldn’t care about what people expect from her, especially when it comes to personal choices like how a woman should dress up and if she should keep or remove her facial hair.
“I eased slowly into it, so it wasn’t like I made an announcement. Some of my friends said it was cool after I grew out my brows, some didn’t notice, and most didn’t care.”
“I’ve had people come up to me on the street telling me it was cool, and a few yelling at me. That was uncomfortable at first, but if some people have nothing to do other than yell at strangers, then so be it. I don’t want to waste my energy on someone who clearly has too much time on their hands.”
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Source: Daily Mail