"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," the woman said
After years of being made to conform to society's beauty standards, women are standing up against it and are learning to accept their bodies as they are. Eldina Jaganjac, a 31-year-old tutor from Denmark, made one such decision by refusing to shave her face and has become an inspiration for many.
She soon realized that it made no difference to how she felt, as she realized that she was just as feminine regardless of the “extra” hair on her body. Though she bore resemblance to the iconic Frida Kahlo, she had to deal with various rude men on the streets of Denmark. Eldina, however, isn’t overly concerned about her looks overall even if she had to deal with occasional comments asking her to “pluck that” or stares from random strangers.
Eldina has learned to look at this situation a little differently. She claims that sporting a unibrow and additional facial hair has helped her to “weed out” “conservative” people she wouldn’t want to be around anyway, as most of them are immediately put off by her decision. She believes that her unibrow and facial hair has allowed her to select people who weren’t concerned about her looks and wanted to know her as a person, reported Bored Panda.
In an interview with Tyla Magazine, Eldina spoke about how other people handled her change in looks, “The reaction is actually almost completely positive, but I am sure that there are some negative comments behind my back, but I don’t really care about that. I have noticed a few grown men stare at my unshaven legs and my eyebrows like I had a third head. If anything, I get more positive attention and I get to weed out the more conservative people from the beginning," she said. She further revealed to the magazine that she had gotten tired of policing herself all the time to fit in with the beauty standards that were placed upon women. “I used to feel less feminine because of my rather voluminous eyebrows. Growing up, I noticed that I was considered a brute when my body hair first started to grow as a teenager. I noticed most girls around me panicking around the age of thirteen to fourteen and starting to shave and pluck anything pluckable because they wanted to be accepted as female and tried to fit into their new role as a young woman.
Before I let my unibrow grow out, I did feel like there were extremely limited options to how women were supposed to look," she added, according to Bored Panda.
She then spoke about things are so different for men, "Compared to men, we are expected to spend much more time and money on our looks just to be deemed visually acceptable in society, especially when you are in public spaces. 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. 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," she said. Eldina now has a different perspective of things and she couldn't be happier, "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, according to Bored Panda.