A woman from Denmark has taken up the fight against the beauty standards imposed by the society as she has stopped shaving off her mustache or her unibrow. It has been a year since she last shaved off her facial year and has faced cruel remarks and gawking eyes since then, but nothing has dented her resolution to fight the beauty conventions.
Eldina Jahanjac is a 31-year-old tutor from Copehagan and says that not removing her facial hair helps her ‘weed out’ potential love interests.
The DailyMail quoted her as saying that men, particularly teenagers, stare at her as though they have seen a ‘third head’. Despite the curious eyes that follow her, she says she feels no less feminine, instead, she is filled with more self-confidence.
Eldina said that growing up in a small city, she was expected to follow the beauty conventions, but as she grew up, she felt frustrated seeing the amount of time and effort women have to put in to look a certain way and maintaining their looks.
“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,” she was quoted as saying. She says that no one notices if a man doesn’t shave off his facial hair or pluck his eyebrows.
“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.
It has been a year since she took the decision and now she has stopped giving an ear to what people around her say, which includes harsh remarks from random men on the street.
“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,” she said.