Princesses have hair hashtag has women sharing pictures of body hair on social media

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  • Teenager Adele Labo started the hashtag #LesPrincessesOntDesPoils
  • In English, the French saying means ‘princesses have hair’
  • The 16-year-old started the hashtag after being teased for not shaving
  • More than 25,000 tweets have been sent about the movement 

By

Lauren Ingram For Daily Mail Australia


Published:
00:10 EST, 14 July 2016

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Updated:
08:09 EST, 14 July 2016

A French teenager has sparked an online revolution about women’s body hair by starting the hashtag #LesPrincessesOntDesPoils, meaning ‘Princesses have hair’.

Adele Labo, a 16-year-old from Lille, started the social media hashtag to try and fight stigma around female body hair after she was ridiculed at school for not shaving.

Soon thousands of women were sharing pictures of their ‘unladylike’ body hair, like underarm hair, leg hair, or hair on their face.

Fighting the power: Women have been posting photographs of their body hair on social media to fight stigma

Fighting the power: Women have been posting photographs of their body hair on social media to fight stigma

Solidarity: The photos have been posted under the French hashtag #LesPrincessesOntDesPoils, which means 'princesses have hair'

Solidarity: The photos have been posted under the French hashtag #LesPrincessesOntDesPoils, which means ‘princesses have hair’

Girl power: The hashtag was started by French teenager Adele Labo, after she was teased for not shaving

Girl power: The hashtag was started by French teenager Adele Labo, after she was teased for not shaving

Ms Labo told The Guardian that she decided to start sharing pictures of her body hair after she was teased at school for not shaving. 

‘I think society stigmatises women, there is massive social pressure over body hair,’ the teenager said. 

She stressed in an interview that she doesn’t think women should have to grow out their leg or armpit hair, simply that they shouldn’t feel pressured either way. 

Stigma: Ms Labo said that she believes that there is huge social pressure on women to rid themselves of hair

Stigma: Ms Labo said that she believes that there is huge social pressure on women to rid themselves of hair

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My body, my choice: The 16-year-old said she doesn't think women should have to grow their body hair, only that they should have a choice

My body, my choice: The 16-year-old said she doesn’t think women should have to grow their body hair, only that they should have a choice

Long hair, don't care: More than 25,000 tweets have been sent on the hashtag, and it was the top trend in France soon after

Long hair, don’t care: More than 25,000 tweets have been sent on the hashtag, and it was the top trend in France soon after

There were plenty of women who seemed to agree with Ms Labo, and #LesPrincessesOntDesPoils was the top trend on Twitter in France soon after. 

More than 25,000 tweets have been sent on the hashtag in the form of photos, supportive messages and, in some cases, abuse.  

Proving Ms Labo’s point that women are shamed for having body hair, many people tweeted to call those sharing photos ‘disgusting’ or ‘feminazis’.  

Trolled: However some women have been abused for posting the photos, being called 'disgusting' and feminazis'

Trolled: However some women have been abused for posting the photos, being called ‘disgusting’ and feminazis’

Worldwide: The abuse hasn't stopped women posting photos, with some from other countries joining in

Worldwide: The abuse hasn’t stopped women posting photos, with some from other countries joining in

'I know not how to thank you for being here': Ms Labo has posted a message on her website thanking women for their support

‘I know not how to thank you for being here’: Ms Labo has posted a message on her website thanking women for their support

This hasn’t deterred the fierce women sharing their stories though, many of whom have continued to post photos on Twitter under the hashtag. 

Céline Montaudy wrote ‘So tired of the stigma around women and their NATURAL body hair’ whilst another woman simply captioned her photo with ‘my body my choice’. 

Ms Lobo posted a message to her website when the hashtag first went viral, thanking people for their support.

‘It’s totally crazy, I know not how to thank you for being here more and more every day…Lots of kisses You are all beautiful,’ she said.

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