Almost every man and woman I spoke to said that the choice to shave should depend on factors such as the thickness of hair and whether a special occasion was being attended. Chinese women are now showing more flesh Alamy. Li Huiqing, a Law student in Beijing, thinks that the changing attitude towards body hair is part of the progression towards a more fashion conscious female population. Back then, showing too much skin was practically illegal. The fact is that I, like many Chinese and East Asian women, am not very hairy. But in China, it remains fairly acceptable to be unshaven in public.
Eliana. Age: 28.
Miao Zhao who came third in the armpit hair contest Weibo.
Amber. Age: 30.
Why Chinese women like me aren't ashamed of our body hair
I for one rarely shave: armpits or legs for that matter, and feel almost no pressure to do so unless I'm attending a function or with expat friends. A few of my Chinese friends, professionals in their late twenties and thirties, have almost intolerant attitudes towards armpit hair. He Shan, a year-old Chinese teacher agrees that shaving is viewed as a Western form of female etiquette. Most who shave only do so only in summer. She can be found tweeting girlinbeijing.