Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week always turns the tide of trends. New fashion and beauty from designers like Chanel, Elie Saab, and Givenchy define the looks and aesthetic that we will see throughout upcoming seasons. It's a big deal, and usually, it seems like what these designers and beauty influencers say, goes. For example, just look to this year's New York Fashion Week. The wet-hair look ruled all of the runways, and it went on to become a major trend. Actually, it's still a major trend. Celebs are still donning the look on this year's award show red carpets.
All of this is why a specific moment on the Giambattista Valli Couture runway was so striking. The designer sent a model down the runway wearing a textured, crinkled, bright pink gown that looked like it came straight out of a fairy tale. It was big and unique and eye-catching, but ironically, it wasn't the thing that was inspiring the most talk. Instead, it was the model's legs, which appeared to be completely unshaven.
It's not exactly clear whether the model had unshaven legs or if they appeared that way due to the shadow of the semi-transparent dress layers. Either way, it got people talking.
Even though body hair shouldn't be striking or surprising (it is completely natural, after all), this was still a big moment considering the strict and traditional beauty standards of fashion and runway. Maybe 2018 is the year that women's body hair becomes destigmatized—at least that's what Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week could be trying to tell us.
This reminds us of a similar situation back in December, when Gigi Hadid released her Love Advent calendar video. In the video, she's kickboxing and playing volleyball. When she lifts her arms up, they appear to be unshaven. It inspired a lot of debate on social media, with many people supporting unshaven underarms and others critiquing them. Either way, it had people talking about norms, standards, and personal preference.
Clearly, the model's legs aren't any less beautiful, and on that note, they don't take anything away from the beautifully designed dress, either. Leg hair is something that everyone has, and whether you shave or don't shave is totally up to you. Honestly, leg hair itself isn't a big deal. The big deal is that an influential designer might have decided to break a traditional beauty standard that people feel pressured to meet. And we're here for it. After all, shaving is a form of personal care and personal care should be, well, personal.