Amber Rose wants to #bringbackthebush.
So naturally, the activist and star posted a very NSFW photo of her pubic hair to Instagram on Friday night.
Wearing her signature shades, a black coat, black bikini top, and no bottoms, Rose reclined against a set of stairs and let the world glimpse her bush.
But it wasn’t long before the graphic image disappeared from Rose’s Instagram account. She says the social media company deleted the post.
Mashable reached out to Instagram to confirm her account and has yet to receive a response, but it wouldn’t be surprising given that its community guidelines generally prohibit nudity, including of a person’s genitals. The image, however, hasn’t been deleted from a post on Rose’s Twitter account (see the unblurred image below).
Both her Twitter and Instagram messages promoted Rose’s upcoming SlutWalk Festival in Los Angeles. That annual gathering, according to its website, is about “raising awareness about sexual injustice and gender inequality” and “aims to impact and uplift, while shifting the paradigm of rape culture.”
If you’re confused about where pubic hair fits into all of this, consider the following statistic: a JAMA Dermatology published last year found that half of the women it surveyed groomed their public hair because they believed it made their genitals look more attractive or because their partner preferred it.
In the 2016 book Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, author Peggy Orenstein’s was shocked to discover that most of the young women she interviewed shaved or waxed their pubic hair since age 14. A prime motivation, they explained, was avoiding “humiliation,” because they heard boys openly mock girls with natural hair.
Rose, in other words, is calling out yet another soul-crushing beauty standard.
While her provocative social media tactics may not be for everyone, it’s clear the star has a message worth hearing.
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