#dontgiveapluck / by Janice Quiles-Reyes

Frida Kahlo, by photographer Nickolas Muray

Frida Kahlo, by photographer Nickolas Muray

March is National Women's History Month, which is perfect timing for my lady-centric investigations regarding body image, starting with body hair.

After a handful of conversations with friends on the subject this past weekend, a few thoughts occurred to me:

 1.    Perhaps I should, with all the fear of judgement and my perfected negative self-backtalk, attempt a month without shaving or waxing or plucking.  What kind of feelings, dialog etc.. will that bring up for me as an adult?  I should just “walk the walk” and do it.

2.   What would Frida Do? As in Frida Kahlo, the artist. Who just so happened to sport a singular brow and mustachioed upper lip.  What would this iconic figure with her incredible presence and (seemingly) rooted self esteem say on the subject on how body hair is perceived here in the U.S.?  I’d like to have a sit down, share a cup of coffee with her and have some lady-talk. 

3.    I need to document said imaginary conversation with Kahlo after having it.

4.    Ohmygod am I taking this too far?!

5.    Hey?! There should definitely be a book on the history of body hair maintenance right?!


That's pretty much my manic thought process when I'm on to something I've yet to learn.                                                                          With that, here are my March projects at hand:

·      Have a mini zine made with in the next few weeks to help ignite my creative juices on this topic.  – Make the zine available to the public (PDF/ Download) and have a few (personalized) hard copies made ready to send out to those that would like old school snail mail.

·    Read and report back on Plucked: A History of Hair Removal (Biopolitics) by Rebecca M. Herzig  (Cause YES! There is a book on it!)

·         AND I will continue to collect stories/ experiences and asides and will illustrate the most common themes collected within the lot of ideas.

You can follow it all by checking my Instagram / Facebook posts on the co-created movement:  #dontgiveapluck.  AND, Hey!  You can also subscribe to receive these updates as they come about.

Hairs to you! (wine glasses go-a-*clink*)