“The Bachelor” star Bekah Martinez took to her Instagram story this week to encourage others to be comfortable in their own skin, as well as tell her 426,000 followers why she refuses to remove her body hair.
The 23-year-old, who competed on Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season of “The Bachelor” earlier this year, shared snaps of her hairy armpits and said she doesn’t care for their time-consuming upkeep.
She said, according to People: “I shave my legs most of the time, but I just don’t really care. And also, I don’t see why I should need to. Plus, I get so freaking itchy and get eczema under my armpits when I do shave, and then waxing is expensive and then doing it myself — I mean, I used to wax it myself — but it’s just a hassle. And bottom line, I just don’t care!
“Growing up being half-Mexican, I have a lot of body hair and it was always something I was really insecure about. So it’s kind of liberating now at this point to be like, ‘You know what, if somebody doesn’t like me because of my body hair, f**k ’em.’ I mean, if we really want to get real about it, look at my arms. I have very hairy arms. I have a freaking happy trail. It’s just the way I was made. I can’t help it.”
The reality TV star also said, “I don’t know where the social expectation came from that I was supposed to shave down there,” telling her fans that the last thing she wants is red razor bumps “all over my lady parts.”
She added that she doesn’t want to be with a man that would expect that of her anyway.
“I’d rather have the hair and I want to look like a woman, not an 11-year-old.”
However, she did add: “I still shave my legs because I can’t honestly handle when people stare at them — they’re very hairy when I don’t shave them — and be like, ‘Oh, girl, somebody needs to shave.’ I don’t like it.”
Following Martinez’s rant, her fans immediately took to social media to praise the star.
One person commented on Instagram: “I hope eventually the body hair thing becomes less of an issue for all women. I do it but it wastes so much of our time & costs money.”
Another added, “I strongly agree with ur Insta story video on where u were talking about the places u have hair that shouldn’t be there. I have happy trail hair too & I try to get rid of it because I feel like a guy having a little bit of it, I’m not insecure about it I just wish it would be gone forever (sic).”