As a committed hairy feminist, I was delighted to see actress and comedian Mo’Nique happily baring her hairy legs at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this week. It wasn’t a one-off, either: she shared all on American TV in 2006, saying: ‘I must show America what a real leg looks like . . . because it’s too much in the morning, every morning, to shave, to cut, you got Band-aids baby.’ Tell me about it!
I have to say, I really admire her ability to wear feminine clothes with hairy legs – I’ve never been particularly into skirts, but despite being quite happy to wear shorts I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing a skirt with unshaven legs. I think it just reminds me too much that I feel feminine clothing is less of a choice, that if I’m going with one part of the girly outfit I should be going the whole hog or people will judge me more readily than if I’m wearing clothes that are read as more gender neutral or male. I know the way to get over that would be to take the plunge and get me hairies out in a skirt, but I’m just not bothered enough about wearing them to make it worth the effort. So kudos to those who do.
Mo’Nique won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Precious: Based on the Novel Push, by Sapphire, released in the UK next weekend.