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A History Of Pubic Hair – CR Fashion Book

A History Of Pubic Hair – CR Fashion Book

In the years since then, culturally we have often been more offended by the appearance (or even suggestion) of pubic hair than the lack of it. In 1994, The Black Crowes repurposed a 1970s-era Hustler image of pubic hair jutting out from the top of an American flag bikini bottom, for the cover of their Amorica album, which got it banned at Walmart. Years before photographer Eric Boman’s image for Roxy Music’s Country Life album of two models whose pubic hair was visible through their sheer underwear, inspired cries of indecency in the US and other countries (for some reissues of the album the image was replaced, ironically, with one of just the green bush behind the models). Merkins, or pubic toupees if you will, have long been common practice in Hollywood to meet ratings standards (if you want an R rating, a camouflage curtain of pubic hair is required), to offer a bit of privacy for a celebrity’s privates, and also to align with a film’s era (to wit, Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood were both vocal about wearing them in The Reader and Mildred Pierce, respectively, two films set in the ’40s and ’50s, a time before landing strips). But when porn star Sasha Grey, whose naked form has been widely viewed because of her career, wore a merkin on a guest appearance on Entourage in 2010, the internet was outraged and disgusted by the appearance of pubic hair. Grey tweeted at the time: “A lot of bush comments after tonight’s #Entourage episode. If you’re curious…that’s what a grown woman looks like… I’m happy to contribute to making it ok again.” And in 2017, actress Emma Watson talked openly about having (gasp!) and grooming her pubic hair (with Fur Oil) which led to a lot of social ribbing. “There was a ton of surprising backlash from that and a lot of terrible Beauty and the Beast puns (because she was playing Belle that year),” says Lillian Tung, co-founder and CMO of Fur.

Recently though, pubic hair (thrillingly) received quite the opposite reception at the widely lauded Maison Margiela Artisanal S/S 2024 show, where full bushes peered out from beneath diaphanous sheer and lace dresses. The haute couture bushes were, in fact, merkins, painstakingly crafted by artists who hand-sewed human hairs onto delicate swatches of silk embroidered tulle. On the runway, where any excess body hair is usually unthinkable, the script was flipped: now pubic hair—a fluffy bounty of it!—was a thing of beauty.

But Margiela wasn’t the first to accentuate pubes on the runway. Trompe l’oeil and paillette pubic hair has been a theme in Jean Paul Gaultier’s collections since the early ’90s, famously worn by Gael García Bernal in Pedro Almodóvar’s La mala educación (Bad Education), and referenced again by guest designer Julien Dossena on beaded sheer bodysuits for the Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2023 couture collection. “The body is the basis of my work: what to show, what to hide,” Jean Paul Gaultier tells CR of the origins of the idea. “You can disguise yourself with fashion—say things, lie, but also be honest. Showing sex for me was to show the beauty ofwomen. I didn’t want to provoke. It’s also very graphic—a kind of morphing that I like.”


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