Shashi not a fan of body hair cam­paign

The Herald (South Africa) - - Front Page - Suthentira Goven­der

While a UK stu­dent has made head­lines around the world for her “Januhairy” cam­paign aimed at get­ting women to em­brace their body hair‚ Shashi Naidoo clearly is not a fan.

While she re­spected peo­ple’s choices‚ she was not here for hairy body parts, the TV star and model said.

“I ac­tu­ally own an aes­thetic clinic which spe­cialises in per­ma­nent hair re­moval. I think this Januhairy move­ment is quite bad for busi­ness . . . def­i­nitely a ‘no’ to it.

“But I am also a big fan of peo­ple be­ing com­fort­able in their own skin. So if it’s some­thing that a woman feels com­fort­able with‚ that’s her choice and she must do it.

“I’m not a fan of the move­ment but I am a fan of women mak­ing their own choices‚” Naidoo said.

One lo­cal celeb who will be par­tic­i­pat­ing is ac­tress Khanyi Mbau‚ who claimed she had found her­self “in­vol­un­tar­ily” supporting the cam­paign af­ter a hec­tic fes­tive sea­son.

“I guess I have been so busy over De­cem­ber that I lit­er­ally have a bush un­der my armpits.

“So I in­vol­un­tar­ily sup­port the cam­paign‚” she joked.

The Januhairy cam­paign‚ started by Bri­tish stu­dent Laura Jack­son‚ has led to women around the world shun­ning their ra­zors to grow out their armpit and leg fol­li­cles.

The hash­tag #Januhairy cam­paign on In­sta­gram has gar­nered nearly 2‚500 posts from women proudly show­ing off their hair growth un­der their arms and on their legs.

It has gained sup­port from in­ter­na­tional celebs such as Ju­lia Roberts‚ Ri­hanna‚ Madonna and Adele‚ who boldly dis­played their body hair in pictures.

The trend has re­ceived mixed re­ac­tions‚ with some ap­plaud­ing, and oth­ers la­belling the cam­paign as “dis­gust­ing”.

One In­sta­gram user posted: “I have not shaved since No Shave Novem­ber 2011 and I’m never go­ing back. Love all of me or none of me! I have had more than my fair share of so­cial crit­i­cism about it but that’s their prob­lem not mine.”

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