Bodybuilder and fitness star Morgan Mikenas has inspired tens of thousands with her fitness regimes. Now, she is encouraging others to embrace their “natural beauty” as she did. Unsurprisingly, after she posted her revealing photos, some think the end result is beautiful, some do not.
According to the Sun, Mikenas was bullied at age 11 or 12 for having hairy legs in gym class at school. She rushed home, crying, and asked her mother is she could shave.
As an adult, Mikenas transformed her body, eventually losing fat and putting on muscle. As part of her routine, like nearly all other female models, she shaved her body religiously. One day, she had an awakening and decided that enough was enough, and she quit shaving.
In a Youtube video titled, “Why I Don’t Shave,” Mikenas said:
I guess my number one reason why I stopped was that it just took so much time. It took so much of my time to get in the shower and have to shave everything and then wash my hair and then wash my body, it’s just like another thing … I just, one day, was like ‘why am I doing this anymore? This just takes so much time.’
After I let it do its thing and grow out I just realized, ‘oh hey this is kind of nice.’ It started getting super soft.
When you shave your body hair, it’s prickly and itchy and uncomfortable. So, I guess that’s another reason why.
Watch her video, below:
Mikenas captioned her video by saying that not shaving makes her feel more comfortable and that she wants to inspire others to feel more comfortable. While many appreciate her efforts, others do not.
According to Mirror, Mikenas worked in the childcare industry and took the children swimming every Friday. She was shocked by the reaction of kids when they saw her in a swimsuit, who said, “Oh my god, you look like a man!”
Morgan said, “What does that say if that’s how these kids are being taught? I’ve even seen kids in third grade that shave their legs.”
Take a look at a few of her Instagram posts and decide how you feel about the practice for yourself.
"There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty."~Steve Maraboli 🌸✨ Not just woman, but everyone! Imagine if everyone just decided that today was the day they loved themselves and embraced every part of them selves. Accepting and loving your body and your "flaws" because you know they are what makes you who you are. If you are focused on being true to yourself in every moment, you are less concerned what others think, which will lead to peace of mind. When you have nothing to hide and you can freely be yourself, there is a profound peace/confidence you will emanate to the world that will inspire others. ✨💝🤘🏼I also just posted a new YouTube video on why I don't shave my body hair and how it helped me(link in bio)☺ #bodypositive #spreadlove #behappy #namaste #hairywomen #healing #healthylifestyle #selfcare #loveyourself #beyourself #bethechange #divine #inspireothers #inspirationalquotes #positivity #goodvibesonly #lifeisbeautiful #hairy #gratitude #weareone #higherconsciousness #freespirit #empowerment #smile #feelgood
You don't realize how far you've come until you look back at where it all started. The picture on the left was 2 years ago before I started getting into bodybuilding.. I was unhappy with many aspects of my life, mentally and physically.. I decided it was time for change… and never looked back. The picture on the right is me currently.. the same bikini, but happier/healthier/hairier me:) I am a completely new person inside and out, and I could not be more proud of myself.☺😌 Gaining muscle takes time, discipline, dedication, patience, and most of all consistency. Your are not going to see instant results and it's not going to happen overnight.. It is a long process.. BUT if you keep with it you can achieve anything you set your mind to!💗😎#fitness #fitnessjourney #namaste #spreadlove #change #abs #dedication #challenge #healthylifestyle #healthy #happy #consistency #bodypositive #goals #positivity #inspiration #bethechange #calisthenics #hairywomen #fitnessmotivation #getfit #loveyourself #transformation #bodybuilding #inspireothers #dreambig #fuzzy #bodyhairdontcare
This is my beautiful friend @earthhands_ What she does with her social media is something I aspire to be/do with mine as well:) She is an artist of all kinds and is one of the most kindest/genuine humans I've had the pleasure of connecting with. Her words and actions inspire me to be a better person everyday!:) Check her out!🤘🏼💙 "M Y D E A R E S T Y O U ✨One of my goals for this platform was for it to be completely honest and raw. I truly believe that we need more of that in this world. We need the good and the bad. The light and the dark. And the path in between. Last night there was this buildup in my heart, a bit from the chilly weather, a bit from my exhaustion from the day and a bit from some judgements I had of myself. It was a pretty amazing journey however, because even at the moment when the sadness began, I recognized it there and had immediate compassion for it. I was completely with it, and felt every part of it. Whereas in the past, I would have shoved it away and distracted myself, or if I didn't do that and actually let myself feel it, I would have judged and ridiculed myself and it would have turned into a downwards spiral. When I finally broke down (in the arms of a beloved dear human), I freed myself of all thoughts rooted in fear. I became one with the present again and became one with what WAS instead of what WASN'T. It is important that we are our number one fan and love ourselves unconditionally, even when we are feeling down. This is when we need our own love the most. Remember that your mental and emotional health are so incredibly important, and they deserve your love and attention. When we feel our pains, that is where we truly grow the most. Reflecting on how far you've come boosts self-confidence and gives you courage. Pay ode to the beauty and light of your being, always. Much love to you all, beautiful people." #spreadlove #positivity #inspireothers #bethechange #beautiful #unity #inspiration #goodvibesonly #wordsofwisdom #word #goddess #bodyhairdontcare #bodypositive #weareone #onelove #selfcare #mindfulness #smile
It's just nice to embrace the natural beauty that you are.. the beauty that's on the inside AND the outside☺💙 What is beauty anyway? To me… it's to be beautiful before someone else told you what beautiful is supposed to be.. Just as you are, you are beautiful✨💞#bodyhairdontcare #fitness #bodypositive #spreadlove #gratitude #namaste #bethechange #beauty #hairywomen #empowerment #bebold #beyou #loveandlight #positivity #encouragement #onelove #freespirit #effyourbeautystandards #natural #physique #selfcare #selflove #fitnessmodel
Most of us believe “to each his or her own,” and this certainly holds true of Morgan Mikenas. Although, I confess that I believe she looks much better after shaving. In this modern world, shaved legs and armpits are customary, unless women are extremely liberal or in a Muslim country. This is one break from convention that I cannot get behind.