Model poses with natural leg hair, gets rape threats
Model and photographer Arvida Byström advocates body positivity, including having body hair.
The Swedish 26-year-old posed for Adidas Originals in a pink dress and gray sneakers—and unshaved legs.
Comments on social media, mostly from men, expressed disgust at her hairy legs.
— adidas Originals (@adidasoriginals) September 20, 2017
The model took to Instagram to share her experience since the ad was posted.
My photo from the @adidasoriginals superstar campaign got a lot of nasty comments last week. Me being such an abled, white, cis body with its only nonconforming feature being a lil leg hair. Literally I’ve been getting rape threats in my DM inbox. I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to not posses all these privileges and try to exist in the world. Sending love and try to remember that not everybody has the same experiences being a person 🌎 Also thanks for all the love 🌹got a lot of that too ❤️❤️❤️❤️
“I’ve been getting rape threats in my inbox,” she revealed.
Byström noted that her only non-stereotypical feature was showing body hair; otherwise she fits society’s Western standards of beauty with “an abled, white, cis body.”
She also channeled the discussion toward privilege. “I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to not possess all these privileges and try to exist in the world… Try to remember that not everybody has the same experiences being a person.”
On her Instagram feed, Byström also shares pictures showing untrimmed underarms and cellulite, and photographs of models with different body types. /ra
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