The constraints and expectations put on women in modern society are exhausting, unfair, and frankly, kind of infuriating. We’re expected to be primped and primed 24/7 so that we appear conventionally attractive in the eyes of men, but that’s BS and one woman isn’t going to take it anymore. Eldina Jaganjac, a 31-year-old tutor from Copenhagen, decided to stop tweezing her unibrow and shaving her mustache not only because she feels perfectly feminine with the facial hair but because it’s a great way to weed out superficial guys in the dating world.
Men are constantly telling her how to handle her appearance. While Eldina is totally confident in herself and her appearance, that hasn’t stopped men she doesn’t even know telling her to “pluck that” or claiming that her unibrow makes it appear as if she has a “third head” while she’s walking down the street. What the hell?
Why would women have to live up to different expectations than men? As Eldina herself explains, she spent way too long feeling self-conscious and trying to make herself fit into the tiny box set out for her by societal expectations. “Before I let my unibrow grow out, I did feel like there were extremely limited options to how women were supposed to look. If a man doesn’t shave and doesn’t pluck his eyebrows, no one notices or comments and it’s nothing out of the ordinary,” she said. “Just like many other women, I have learned to police myself. For instance, I used to not feel comfortable going outside unless my eyebrows were the accepted small size, and I wouldn’t go to the gym unless my legs were clean shaven.”
If guys don’t like it, who cares? Eldina says these days, her appearance is not her concern. She has way bigger goals and tasks to take care of in her daily life than worrying about whether men find her aesthetically pleasing. “Now, I’ve chosen to focus on the tasks and goals that I need to have done and less on how I appear while doing them and whether people like me or not, because I probably won’t ever see them again, and if I do, I still don’t care,” she said. Good for her!
I think we can all learn from Eldina. She’s a beautiful, self-assured woman who looks incredible but also has so much more to offer the world than her appearance. Maybe we should all care a little less about what others think about us and just go out there and embrace our natural gorgeousness.
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