Woman, 24, with ‘very hairy chest’ feels ‘sexier than ever’ after learning to love her body

GROWING up, Esther Calixte-Bea felt ashamed whenever hairs cropped up on her chest.

As a teenager, the artist, from Montreal, Canada, "obsessively" shaved and waxed out of fear her school friends would see her unusual body hair.

"I would freak out if just two hairs appeared," Esther recalled. "Shaving and waxing caused me tremendous amounts of pain."

Describing how she's just a "very hair person", she added: "There is no medical explanation behind my hair.

"I have recently learnt that the women on my father's side are quite hairy and it is perfectly normal."

"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."


But developing a hairy chest as a teenage girl in the noughties wasn't easy for Esther and she struggled with depression for years.

The body positivity activist said her body hair was a "heavy burden" for many years and it even left her suicidal in her teens.

She continued: "It has taken me most of my life for me to accept my body and embrace who I am.

"I became fed up with feeling insecure and shy. It was tiring carrying around a heavy burden and hiding my hair from people."

I would freak out if just two hairs appeared. Shaving and waxing caused me tremendous amounts of pain

In the summer of 2019, Esther decided to confront her fears and stopped shaving completely.

"It is the best thing I have ever done as I feel sexier and comfortable in my own skin," she said. "It was more hassle than it was worth."

At first, Esther felt nervous going out in shorts that showed her hairy legs – but now feels totally comfortable in her own skin.

"People stare but I don’t have to worry anymore. Fear tried to paralyse me," she said. "But I don’t have to worry anymore as I have accepted who I am."


Now that she proudly wears clothes that show off her leg, armpit and chest hair, Esther questions why she ever felt the need to cover it in the first place.

She added: "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."

Although Esther says she's occasionally filmed while out and about, she says the reaction has been 90 per cent positive.

What causes women to grow hair on their chests?

  • Genetics can cause some women to grow more body hair
  • However, everyone is different and there is no 'normal' amount of body hair
  • Having an excessive amount of the hormone androgen can make women grow hair on their chests, face and abdomen
  • A side-effect of polycystic ovary syndrome is excessive hair growth

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

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

"I paint beautiful pictures of women who have hairy bodies," she added. "I don’t want hair to be an obstacle anymore. I refuse to victimise myself because of it.”

YOU’RE NOT ALONE

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
  • Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123

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And family found a hidden message left by girl inside second-hand caravan – and people think she’s a ‘legend’.

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