London-based photographer Ben Hopper started “Natural Beauty,” back in 2007, a photo series designed to challenge what he described as the societal “brainwashing” done by the beauty industry. He released his it now.
Hopper’s pictures highlight a woman’s beauty, her armpit hair, and the timely reminder that those two things are in no way mutually exclusive. The images play on the fact that armpit and body hair have been stigmatized both here in the United States and abroad. Rarely, if ever, do you see a woman in the public eye who isn’t conscious of removing much of her body hair.
“As I matured as a person and an artist, I realized I liked armpit hair,” Hopper says. “I think it can be a beautiful look.”