CANCEL that painful waxing appointment, ladies – style bible Vogue has declared the bush is back.
Opting for full pubic hair has been gaining popularity since 2013 when Gwyneth Paltrow said she favoured the “70s vibe” of the natural look.
12 The fashion and lifestyle bible claims natural pubic hair styles are back in fashionCredit: Getty – Contributor
Over the years there have been Brazilians (waxed but leaving a “landing strip”), Hollywoods (all hair waxed off) and even vajazzles (decorated with gems). But New York gynaecologist Dr Eden Fromberg told Vogue she has seen lots more patients wanting fuller hair downstairs.
And London hair transplant clinic DHI Global has reported more women wanting their pubic hair restored after having it removed with laser treatments.
Sex writer Alix Fox tells her own history of pubic hair sculpting, and we look at the evolution of waxing, as well as which celebs choose hair or go bare.
- Jennifer Lopez, 49
- Kim Kardashian, 37
- Miley Cyrus, 25
- Gwyneth Paltrow, 45
- Ashley Graham, 30
- Cameron Diaz, 45
- Emma Watson, 28
- Alix Fox’s History of Pubic Sculpting
- This Is the Number One Reason Women Shave Their Pubic Hair
- Cameron Diaz
- How did Cameron Diaz become famous?
- Cameron Diaz Height, Weight, Age, Wiki, Biography, Net Worth, Facts
- Who is Cameron Diaz?
- Personal Life
- Family and Education
- Cameron Diaz Husband
- Physical Statistics
- Professional Statistics
- Cameron Diaz Favorites
- Cameron Diaz Net Worth
- Cameron Diaz Facts
- Keeping up with the Kardashians’ pubic hair
Jennifer Lopez, 49
12 JLo isn’t too hot on waxing, so opts for a razorCredit: Getty – Contributor
THE singer prefers using a razor to the agony of waxing, telling American fashion and beauty magazine Allure: “I don’t love waxing. I shave everywhere. The only thing I wax is my eyebrows.”
Kim Kardashian, 37
12 It’s unlikely we’ll hear of Kim embracing unrully body hair any time soonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
THE reality TV veteran told Allure magazine: “I am Armenian, so of course I am obsessed with laser hair removal. Arms, bikini, legs, underarms . . . my entire body is hairless.”
Miley Cyrus, 25
12 Miley has been known to dye her pubic hair all sorts of wacky coloursCredit: PA:Press Association
PERHAPS not surprisingly, the singer, who lives a natural vegan lifestyle, is not afraid to bare all to her fans. In 2015 she posted pictures of her dyed pink armpits and pubic hair poking from her undies.
Gwyneth Paltrow, 45
12 Gwyneh tried the 90s look for a while but now likes to rock the 70s ‘fully grown’ styleCredit: Getty Images – Getty
HAVING previously hailed the Brazilian style back in the 90s, Gwyneth admitted to US chat show host Ellen DeGeneres that she now prefers a full bush, or in her own words, she likes to “work a ’70s vibe”.
Ashley Graham, 30
12 Ashley isn’t fussed about letting her pubic hair growCredit: Splash News
LAST year the American plus-size model revealed that she has “a full bush. Period”. She told Glamour magazine that a woman’s pubic hair is “about your preference and your partner’s preference”.
Cameron Diaz, 45
12 The actress is well-known for her loving relationship with her body hairCredit: Getty – Contributor
IN her 2013 book The Body Book, the actress writes: “I think permanent laser hair removal sounds a crazy idea . . . I’m just putting it out there – consider leaving your vagina fully dressed, ladies.”
Emma Watson, 28
12 Actress Emma Watson isn’t shy of pubic talkCredit: Getty – Contributor
IN an interview with beauty website intothegloss.com the Harry Potter actress revealed she doesn’t get rid of all her hair, and that she loves Fur Oil, a product specifically for conditioning pubic hair.
Alix Fox’s History of Pubic Sculpting
I FIRST started trimming my private privet when I was 16, using a Mach 3 razor to sculpt my muff fluff into a triangle to stop it poking out of the hot pink diamante thong I’d taken to wearing.
It was 1998, and the fashion in my home town of Macclesfield was for girls to pull their G-strings high up on their hips, showing them off above the waistband of their low-slung jeans.
12 Credit: Neil Hall – The Sun
As a teen just beginning to explore my sexuality, I thought this looked flirty, daring and rebellious, although I’m pretty sure my mum thought it looked cheaper than something you’d find in a pound shop bargain bin.
Either way, it required the removal of a few straggly pubes if you didn’t want to look like you were smuggling roadkill in your pants from the front.
Along with batteries for my CD Walkman, fresh blades for my razor were one of the most expensive things I spent my meagre Saturday job earnings on, but I considered them essential.
When my pubic hair had begun to appear a few years previously, it had made me feel so grown up. Now it was taking charge of my body and getting rid of it made me feel like a sophisticated adult.
12 Women were shaving their legs with pumice stones and sandpaper (ouch), but the bush remained untamed during the 20s and 30s
As I grew more confident and comfortable, my pubes became an extension of my bold personal style.For a while, I was really into dressing like one-hit-wonder girl band Shampoo, who were famous for their bratty baby doll look. I shaved my pubes into a cute love heart to match.
Next, I experimented with removing all the hair and decorating with stick-on gemstones, twinkling metallic temporary tattoos, or scratch ’n’ sniff cherry-scented ones.
My nether regions looked like they were heading to a carnival. As a long-term fan of rainbow-hued hair dye, I once tried colouring my pubes too, using a product called Betty.
The process involved combing through an apparently beaver-friendly bleach, then wrapping your crotch in clingfilm for half an hour to keep the heat in while it developed.
12 The Brazilian bikini bounced onto the scene in 1987, with the J. Sister Salon offering a removal of everything other than a ‘landing strip’ of hair
Thankfully the mixture didn’t get painfully hot — there weren’t any bush fires. Finally, you had to apply a hot pink paste. At first, I had the flamingo-coloured foo-foo of my dreams. But a week later, the dye washed out — leaving a rusty blonde tuft with grown-through roots.
It looked horrendous. I went back to bald straight away. Some people might assume that I alter my pubic hair to try to please men, but that’s never been my motivation. It has always primarily been something I’ve done for myself. I view it as a fun form of creativity and secret self-expression that makes me feel empowered and gives me a grin every time I catch a peek when I nip to the loo.
Obviously, lovers do get to view it if they’re lucky. Most guys I’ve dated have seemed delighted, although one did ask me to go au naturel and grow the hair out. He thought my bare look was uncomfortably childlike. I feel the opposite — ungroomed pubic hair reminds me of being an awkward adolescent with hair sprouting out of its own accord.
12 The bush is reportedly making its way back on the scene as women are ditching the razors and cancelling their appointments to regrow that infamous look
I did try to embrace a full bush of short ’n’ curlies for him, but I hated it. To me, pubic styling and decoration is an unashamed, joyful celebration of my personality and my sexuality. It’s not about looking like the women in porn, it’s about unashamedly looking like me, proudly adorned.
While I’m not emotionally attached to the fuzz elsewhere on my body, styling my pubes is an act of self-love. I like the sensation of smooth skin too — it feels better during sexual play.
I’ve let boyfriends shave me themselves in the past. Because it requires such delicacy and trust, it can be a very sensual, bonding experience.
As a sex educator, I hear from umpteen young women worried that theirs don’t match those they’ve seen in explicit films, who want to change anything from waxing their pubes to getting plastic surgery in order to match the unrealistic images they’ve seen. It’s heartbreaking.
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Brook, the sexual health charity for whom I’m an ambassador, just launched a campaign to help combat this by showing how different all sorts of perfectly normal privates can look.
To any young women wondering whether to “mow” down below: your own pleasure, not outside pressure, should be the only influence on what to do with hair down there.
I’ll always be a dye-hard believer in that — even though personally, I won’t be voting for bush.
- Alix Fox co-hosts BBC Radio 1’s Unexpected Fluids real-life sex stories show, and answers listeners’ X-rated questions on The Modern
Laila Rouass disgusts Loose Women panel by revealing fiancé Ronnie O’Sullivan cuts his pubes in their garden with scissors
This Is the Number One Reason Women Shave Their Pubic Hair
Do you remember the first time you shaved your pubes? When you were awkwardly bent over in the shower yelling at your parents to stop knocking on the door and asking why you’ve been in there for so long…oh, was that just me?
OK, even if you can’t relate, everyone has a preference when it comes to how they maintain their pubic hair. Landing strip. Brazilian. Five o’clock shadow. Full bush. You name it. Whether you have a freshly trimmed flowerbed or lush, overgrown jungle, you’re in charge of your own foliage.
Along with that autonomy comes a range of reasons for why people do or don’t prefer to have hair down there. Maybe you like the skin around your hoo-ha to be silky smooth for sex. Or maybe you would rather skip the irritated skin and save time in the shower. Curious how common your down-below grooming habits are? Researchers from a university in Belgium actually decided to explore pubic hair trends and the reasons behind them.
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They analyzed data from a survey of over 4,000 Belgian men and women over the age of 15. Participants were asked questions like whether they groomed their pubes, why they did or didn’t (but not how, unfortunately), their relationship status and sexuality, and more.
Here’s what they found: 80% of women said they had removed their pubic hair recently at the time of the survey. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that number was only 39% for the guys. Just 3% of women said they had never removed their pubic fuzz. Seriously, not even once. But many more men than women said they had a lifelong bush—21%, to be exact.
Women were also more likely to start mowing their lawn at a younger age, according to the survey. About 88% of ladies ages 15 to 20 reported grooming, while only about 28% of men in that age group did so. Women between 15 to 20 were the most likely to trim among women in general, while men between 40 and 50 were doing the most pubic grooming among guys.
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Lesbian women reported grooming slightly more than hetero or bisexual women, and bisexual men were most likely to go hairless. Married dudes were most likely to trim, while women were most likely to do so if they were dating someone they didn’t live with.
The researchers also looked at why people groom. Comfort during oral sex was at the top of the list, with 75% of women and 39% of men choosing this reason. About 67% of women said they do it because they feel more feminine, 63% said they like to feel soft, and 62% said their partner liked it. Women who didn’t shave said they opt out because of the side effects, like itching and bumps, or because their partner prefers them not to.
Cleanliness was a close second for the men, with 39% of them saying they “think it is more hygienic.” About 37% of men also said they “like to feel soft,” and 36% said their partner wanted them to be clean shaven.
So there you have it, folks. Everyone is different below the belt, and pubic hair is no exception. However you whack your weeds, be proud of it.
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Cameron Diaz is an American actress, model, producer and author.
Cameron was ushered into the movie industry with her first role in The Mask.
Best Known For
Cameron is mostly recognized for her roles in Charlie’s Angels that earned her 2 MTV Awards in 2001 and as the voice of Princess Fiona in Shrek.
What is Cameron Diaz’s Sexual Orientation?
Cameron is straight. Before getting married she is known to have dated popular names like Justin Timberlake, Jared Leto, Matt Dillon and Paul Scuflor. In 2014 she began dating the producer and guitarist Benji Madden. In early 2015, the couple had a Jewish wedding though none of them is actually Jewish. (Source: jta.org, 06/01/2015)
What Religion is Cameron Diaz?
Cameron does not put a tag of a religion on herself. She believes that all religions are painting the same pictures but with different perspectives, points of views and characters. She believes in the beauty of all religions as they all try to answer the lifelong questions. Nevertheless, her sole priority is not tied to a particular religion but her individual connection with her God. (Source: bluezones.com, 11/05/2016)
Worth to Know
Her middle name is Michelle.
She has two siblings: a sister Chimene Diaz and a brother Michael Diaz.
Since 2014, Cameron seems to have been off-screen. The last time she was sighted in a movie was as Miss Hannigan in Annie. From that point, Cameron took time away from the screens and acting roles in order to discover who she is to herself and make herself whole. (Source: elleuk.com, 13/06/2017)
She is of Latin descent and she carries it as her identity in every way she can.
She is an author of a book The Longevity Book:The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time.
In her model profile from early 90’s is said that she is 5ft 8.5in tall and that her bra size is 34B, waist 25in (63 cm), hips 34in and shoe size is 8 US.
How did Cameron Diaz become famous?
Cameron Diaz is a radiant Hollywood star, one of the sexiest Hollywood blondes and a legendary actress. She is known to everyone – fans and non-fans and even the last ones like her, at least a little.
Being an immensely beautiful woman, she has made a wonderful career and continues to shine in spite of her solid – for Hollywood – age. Does she know some secret of success?
So, that’s her story.
Cameron Diaz was born in a family of a business woman (mother) and oil industry foreman (father). She was a sweet blue-eyed girl from the very childhood, so it was understandable, Cam would have a great future.
When the girl was 16, she went for a party with her friend. There Cameron met a photographer, who convinced the girl to try modeling. Thus the beautiful girl started her career, being a teenager.
After reaching international success as a model, Cam decided to try her hand as an actress. She came for audition to “The Mask” and immediately got the role of Tina, although the producers were confused at first as they wanted their heroine to be bustier. But Cam used push-up bra and was casted.
Later she starred in many grabbing movies like “There’s Something about Mary”, “Vanilla Sky”, voiced Fiona in Shrek etc.
She is so funny and sexy!
Cameron Diaz Height, Weight, Age, Wiki, Biography, Net Worth, Facts
Who is Cameron Diaz?
Known for her appearances in high-profile films, Cameron Diaz is a retired American actress, fashion model, producer, and author. She got her big break with her debut film, The Mask and her roles in films like Charlie’s Angels film series, Knight and Day, Bad Teacher, The Other Woman, Sex Tape, and Annie catapulted her to stardom. During her career, she was listed as one of the A-listers and highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. She has received Golden Globe nominations for her starring roles in films like There’s Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, and Gangs of New York. She has authored the New York Times bestseller, The Body Book (2013).
Cameron Diaz was born on the 30th of August 1972, in San Diego, California, United States of America. She’s currently 47 years old.
|Birth Name||Cameron Michelle Diaz|
|Nickname||Cam, Cami, AI (her friends call her so), Cam-ron D|
|Date of Birth||August 30, 1972|
|Place of Birth||San Diego, California, U.S.|
|Age||47 years old|
|Profession||Former Actress, Model, Producer, Author|
|Residence||Beverly Hills, California, U.S.|
Family and Education
Cameron Diaz is the youngest of three children to Billie (née Early), an import/export agent, and Emilio Diaz, a foreman of the California oil company Unocal. Her father died in 2008. She has two older siblings, Chimene and Michael Diaz. She belongs to Cuban, English, German, and Scots-Irish ethnicity.
Diaz attended Los Cerritos Elementary School and graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, California, the USA in 1990.
Cameron Diaz Husband
Cameron Diaz married musician Benji Madden at her home in Beverly Hills, California, on January 5, 2015, in a Jewish ceremony. Madden is 7 years younger than her.
Before that, she was in a few relationships with high-profile celebrities, including Justin Timberlake, Djimon Hounsou, Kelly Slater, Alex Rodriguez, and Elon Musk.
|Height||Feet – 5 feet 8 1⁄2 inches
Centimeters – 174 cm
Meters – 1.74 m
|Weight||Kilograms – 60 kg
Pounds – 132 lbs
|Shoe Size||8.5 (US)|
|Dress Size||4 (US)|
|Distinctive Features||Her Smile
Blonde hair and Blue eyes
Cameron Diaz made her debut in the 1994 super-hit fantasy film, The Mask’ along with Jim Carrey, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
In 1996, Diaz appeared in an episode of American adult parody talk show, ‘Space Ghost Coast to Coast’ as herself.
She earned huge appreciation for her work in the 1994 dark fantasy superhero comedy film, ‘The Mask’. The film made it to the top 10 highest-grossing films that year, which grossed a whopping $350 million in worldwide box-office collection, and also received an Academy Award nomination for Visual Effects.
Cameron Diaz Favorites
- Food – Fried Chicken, french fries, pasta
- Color – Blue
- Hobbies – Knitting
- Band – Ratt
- Timepass – Snowboarding and Surfing
- Perfume – The cheerful Happy Clinique, Gardenia Passion, Petite Cherie
Cameron Diaz Net Worth
As of 2019, Cameron Diaz has a net worth of $140 million. During the career peak, she was included in ‘Highest paid actors’ list by publishers like Forbes, Time, to name a few. Staring her career as a fashion model at the age of 16, Cameron has gone all the way to be one of the A-list actresses and the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. She owns several properties across the country including an $8.5 million Miami villa. She has a Toyota Prius.
Social Media Profiles
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- Twitter – camerondiaz
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Cameron Diaz Facts
She was discovered by a photographer at a Hollywood party when she was 16 years old.
She signed with Elite Model Management and soon began modeling. She did several modeling gigs for international brands like Calvin Klein, and Levi’s and travelled worldwide as a part of her modeling work.
At age 17, she was featured on the cover of the July 1990 issue of Seventeen.
At age 21, she auditioned for and won the female lead starring opposite Jim Carrey in the 1994 film The Mask, despite having no prior acting experience.
She has a reputation for being late.
In 2002, she was named as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” by People Magazine.
In September 2002, she was voted the 11th “Sexiest Female Movie Star” in the Australian Empire Magazine.
She was ranked #23 in FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006” supplement in 2006.
She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 22, 2009.
Her wax statue was placed at Madame Tussauds Museum in London on February 19, 2008.
Cameron Diaz released her book titled ‘The Body Book: Feed, Move, Understand and Love Your Amazing Body’, co-written with Sandra Bark, which was no. 2 on The New York Times Best Seller list in March 2014.
She then released The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time in June 2016.
Diaz was voted #4 on the 2011 Maxim list of Hot 100 Women.
She was ranked the highest-grossing actress of all time with her films grossing $3.3 billion.
Keeping up with the Kardashians’ pubic hair
Even pubic hair isn’t an off-limits subject for the over-sharing Kardashian clan.
Khloé Kardashian deigned to go there this week, penning an entire ode to her pubic hair grooming ritual — as well as those of her famous sisters.
“You guys know I’m not gonna beat around the bush (no pun intended), so let’s get straight to it: I’m all about the landing strip,” Khloé wrote in her “Just the Tip” column — which boasts “no subject is too taboo to touch” — on her new paid website and app (via People).
“I like to be clean; I like to be manicured. When there’s nothing there, it’s weird, in my opinion — especially when you have t–s and an ass. It just freaks me out a little bit.”
While Khloé, 31, says it’s “uncomfortable” for her to see other grown women with “nothing down there,” that’s how expectant mom Kim Kardashian keeps things courtesy of laser hair removal.
“I know Kim is completely bare, and now she says she wishes she still had a lil’ somethin’ going on but she lasered it all off,” wrote Khloé. “But I like that if I ever want to go bare, I can just shave it and change my mind later.”
Khloé also mused on older sister Kourtney Kardashian‘s hair down there: “I always think of Kourt as large and in charge with a full ’70s-style bush — it just matches her personality. Lol, very boho chic. But she swears that’s just a joke and has a landing strip … sometimes.”
Thankfully, Khloé left her two younger sisters — 19-year-old Kendall Jenner and 18-year-old Kylie Jenner — out of the post.
Okay, it’s official, we now know everything about the Kardashians. Khloe Kardashian took it upon herself to share on her new website everything you didn’t need to know about her and her famous sisters’ waxing preferences on Friday, Oct. 9.
“Let’s talk about the hair down there. No subject is too taboo to touch!” Khloe, 31, titled her latest entry.
“You guys know I’m not gonna beat around the bush (no pun intended), so let’s get straight to it: I’m all about the landing strip,” James Harden’s girlfriend revealed. “I like to be clean; I like to be manicured. When there’s nothing there, it’s weird, in my opinion — especially when you have tits and an ass. It just freaks me out a little bit. I don’t like looking at an adult woman and seeing nothing down there. Whenever I’m at the spa, it just makes me uncomfortable when I see that. But then again, it also makes me uncomfortable when I see something wild and untamed.”
This is where things get even more TMI.
“I know Kim is completely bare, and now she says she wishes she still had a lil’ somethin’ going on but she lasered it all off. I mean, I’m never gonna want hair on lips of my vag, so I’ll laser that! I’ll laser other places that the sun doesn’t shine. But I like that if I ever want to go bare, I can just shave it and change my mind later,” she continued.
And no, Kourtney, 36, wasn’t spared.
“Kourtney’s with me!” she went on. “I always think of Kourt as large and in charge with a full ’70s-style bush — it just matches her personality,” she added. “Lol, very boho chic. But she swears that’s just a joke and has a landing strip…sometimes.”
Khloe also wants her fans to know that she doesn’t “understand people who vajazzle.”
“Seriously, get over yourself. Apparently there’s a new trend where you shape your bush into a heart for Valentine’s Day or any shape for your man. Who has the energy for that? Can’t do it,” she concluded before telling her readers to do their thing, but be “clean.”
While her post is a bit over the top, let’s not forget that Kourtney has been giving herself — and her sister’s — waxes on Keeping Up With the Kardashians for years now, so are you really that surprised?
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Khloe Kardashian has NO filter — and we love it! The reality star dished about her pubic hairstyle preference on her new ‘Just the Tip’ column. After explaining her ‘down-there’ situation, she spilled about Kim Kardashian’s bare vag!
It’s all about the landing strip for Khloe Kardashian! The 31-year-old didn’t “beat around the bush” in her new column all about public hair on her app & website! Not only did she spill about her “private” situation, but she talked about Kim Kardashian AND Kourtney Kardashian‘s pubic preferences as well — so funny! See exactly what she wrote.
“You guys know I’m not gonna beat around the bush (no pun intended), so let’s get straight to it: I’m all about the landing strip. I like to be clean; I like to be manicured. When there’s nothing there, it’s weird, in my opinion — especially when you have tits and an ass. It just freaks me out a little bit,” she explained on her
“I know Kim is completely bare, and now she says she wishes she still had a lil’ somethin’ going on but she lasered it all off. But I like that if I ever want to go bare, I can just shave it and change my mind later,” she went on. Moving right along, Khloe dished about her other sis, Kourt! “I always think of Kourt as large and in charge with a full ’70s-style bush — it just matches her personality. Lol, very boho chic. But she swears that’s just a joke and has a landing strip … sometimes.”
Khloe is all for hair “styles” but she just can’t warp her head around anything too fancy. “I do not understand people who vajazzle. Seriously, get over yourself,” she wrote. “Apparently there’s a new trend where you shape your bush into a heart for Valentine’s Day or any shape for your man. Who has the energy for that? Can’t do it.”
HollywoodLifers, do you love how open Khloe is? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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As Marcel Duchamp never said, “Ceci n’est pas une row of pubes.” Or maybe he did — we don’t know for sure. In fact, there’s much about the meticulously arranged rows of pubes pictured here that we don’t know. More than we do know. But look closely at this grid of 36 tiny photos and tell me what you see. If your answer is “a sheet of stamps” or something “possibly surrealist, but also possibly from an American Japanese artist like Yoko Ono,” I’m going to assume that you’re Untitled (36 photographs of montes veneris)’s new owner, Joel Smith, curator of photography at the Morgan Library. The library acquired the piece at the Outsider Art Fair last weekend.
The grid is immediately striking because of the subject matter, but coupled with the mystery of where it came from, when, and from whom, and combined with the level of precision and possibly obsession used to perfectly align all of these bushes in a row, it creates an art world personality test. What do these pubes say about you?
“It’s really a Rorschach test for whoever is looking at it whether you want to concern yourself with the historical origin of it or just be impressed by it,” Smith said. I was slightly embarrassed because when I saw it, all I thought was “oh wow, it’s not every day you see a lineup of pubes.” What else is there to see?
A lot. And Smith very kindly broke it down for me. Let’s start with what this image definitely is: It’s an 8 by 12 inch sheet of stamps, carefully perforated. It’s a sheet of stamps made from one photograph, which is of 36 photographs of vulvas, each in their own frame and arranged in a grid (there are captions for each one, but they are too blurry to read). The grid corresponds to the perforations of the stamps. The term for a reproduction of stamps that isn’t issued by the post office is a Cinderella. Smith finds this to be fascinating in relation to the mons pubis. “The tale of Cinderella makes a story out of the way women are encouraged to obsess over details of their anatomy — the dainty foot that will fit the glass slipper and reveal its owner as a princess. The images in these stamps aren’t organized in any discernible way; their collective effect is to show that women are various, and that any canon or standard for how they “should” be will fall short of the facts.”
So there’s that, but Smith is careful not to make any assumptions about the photo as a part of a wider artistic movement. He says visually it could be surrealist, like a Duchamp, because of its organization, repetition, and shock value. It could be a Fluxus piece, from the international art movement that included Yoko Ono and was popular in the ’60s and ’70s. But therein lies another wrinkle: the previous owner told the library that they had tested the piece and concluded that it was from around the 1930s (after Duchamp’s most influential years and well before Ono’s).
Maybe it’s just a cheeky diagram meant to compare the various hairstyles to different objects. “People can look at it and think they’re trees or umbrellas blown up by the wind. And there’s something striking about that,” Smith said. That each smaller image sort of looks like something else if you’re not looking too hard could definitely be the point; if you used one of these stamps on a thank-you note to Aunt Dory, she might be shocked to receive an obvious vulva in the mail.
Some might find it unsatisfying not to know who the artist is or where this delightful little sheet came from. Personally, I think the best part is imagining the person who was organized enough to take 36 nearly identical photos, caption them, hang them meticulously in a grid, take another photo, and then turn it into a sheet of stamps. Isn’t that lovely? If you know anything about these pubes, please contact me at [email protected] I’ll be thinking about them for a long time.