'I finally feel sexy again' - 24-year-old woman stops shaving and embraces chest hair

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Esther Calixte-Bea, 24, has embraced her chest hair after years of struggling to accept her body. Photo courtesy Caters News Agency/ Magazine Features
Esther Calixte-Bea, 24, has embraced her chest hair after years of struggling to accept her body. Photo courtesy Caters News Agency/ Magazine Features
  • Esther Calixte-Bea feels sexier than ever after ditching her razor and embracing her chest hair.
  • The 24-year-old can be seen with hairy legs and armpits too. But she has never been happier as she has finally accepted her body - after years of depression.
  • At one point, the artist from Montreal, Canada, was suicidal as her hairy body was a ‘heavy burden’, but all that is in the past now.

There is no medical explanation for her hair.

"I am just a hairy person. I have recently learnt that the women on my father's side are quite hairy and it is perfectly normal," says Esther.

"I come from the Wè tribe in Ivory Coast, Africa, and the women in my great grandmother's time were very hairy and it was seen as beautiful."

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Esther Calixte-Bea, 24, has embraced her chest hair after years of struggling to accept her body. All photos courtesy Caters News Agency/ Magazine Features


Esther says it has taken me most of her life for her to accept her body and embrace who she is.

“I became fed up with feeling insecure and shy. It was tiring carrying around a heavy burden and hiding my hair from people. I was so depressed and even suicidal during my teens," she shares.

Then she decided enough was enough. “I stopped shaving and decided to be me. It is the best thing I have ever done as I feel sexier and comfortable in my own skin,” Esther says.

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Esther began complimenting herself which instantly made her feel better. She says, “I obsessively shaved in school to make sure nobody would see my hairy chest. I would freak out if just two hairs appeared."

Shaving and waxing caused her tremendous amounts of pain. “It was more hassle than it was worth.”

Esther questions societies beauty standards, saying, “If women weren’t supposed to have hair, we wouldn’t grow it. It is the society that tells us to shave. I have redefined beauty for myself and I no longer allow society to dictate it for me. I have decided what beautiful is for me."

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Esther ditched her razor in May 2020, she can be seen flaunting her body hair with pride.

“It has been challenging as I am going against the ‘norm’. I had to push myself at the start by walking out with short shorts with leg hair. After a few weeks, I began to feel comfortable," she says.

"People stare but I don’t have to worry anymore. Fear tried to paralyse me."

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Esther says the response has been mixed. Many people stare and turn their nose up whilst others salute her for standing out from the crowd.

"Someone even filmed me once which was weird. But online, the reaction from others has been 90 per cent positive," she shares.

“I have received thousands of messages from women all over the globe who thought they were alone. I have shown them that facial and body hair is nothing to be ashamed of.”

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The artist also paints women with body hair in a bid to normalise it.

“I don’t want hair to be an obstacle anymore. I refuse to victimise myself because of it," she concludes.

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Credit: Caters News Agency/ Magazine Features

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