Rik Williams wrote: I have found some models who diet heavily will sometimes grow fine facial hairs/fuzz...
NOW THESE can be a real pain at times on beauty retouching.
Arm hairs? I've rarely taken notice to be honest.
I got those but not from dieting, I got them from being poor and hungry and learned later while studying for my nursing license that its directly related to malnourishment. I also really first noticed them when I was a long distance runner, (again, likely too little nourishment.)
Gosh, I'd bet I wouldn't have stunted out at 5'11 and 3/4 if I had good nourishment in my late teens!, (yes, I've shrunk and inch and a quarter since then!)
Jen-with lots of peach fuzz that grows long and a blonde beard is no more fun than a dark beard for me, on me
imcFOTO wrote: So my question is - do other models shave their arms or what? What should I tell models who ask? Obviously legs and 'other' areas are already covered.
And since I'm asking awkward questions. What about upper lip or even chin hair?
Not trying to embarrass anyone - so just generic answers are helpful.
"Do other models shave their arms?"
I do not. I only only only shave my arms if I am working with liquid latex or if I am working in a big time project where I am asked to.
"What should I tell models who ask?"
Leave it up to their discretion. It sounds like you don't mind, right? Just let them know that if they have very dark/thick hair, it may show up in the images.
"What about upper lip or even chin hair?"
I shoot a lot of beauty, so I personally get rid of upper lip/chin hairs. They aren't really dark or noticeable or thick, but... I'd rather let the retoucher have less work than more
Personally, I have shaved my arms since I was about 14. The first time I did it I got teased badly in highschool, but they moved on quickly and ultimately it was far less teasing than I got for having hairy arms.
I have naturally really dark hair, which meant dark, long, thick arm hair. Worse than guys that I have seen. I was tired to being teased or embarrassed about it so I got rid of it. Never looked back since... and it seems the older I get, the more of the "norm" it is of other people doing it.
I am not a big fan of shaved models though most of mine do it. Totally shaved makes them look like pre-pubescent boys, a look which repels me. I really prize models who look like natural men. If they shave theor chests, armpits, crotch, even rectal area they shave their arms too. I hate the metrosexual look.
Then to add insult to injury they come in with heavy five o'clock shadow. So they look grody in the face but boy like in the rest of their bodies.
I hate shaving. I pretty much only do it, when I notice the hair on my leg (or I run my hand over my leg for whatever reason and notice it). Would love to live in an american society where it was cool for girls not to shave.
Cliffside Park, New Jersey, US
I never shaved my arms until i started modeling 3 years ago, but now i can't live without it.. have to shave everything lol my hair doesn't grow back fast either.. shave like once every two weeks for the arms.. once a week for my legs..
London, England, United Kingdom
MyrnaByrna Jen B wrote: I got those but not from dieting, I got them from being poor and hungry and learned later while studying for my nursing license that its directly related to malnourishment. I also really first noticed them when I was a long distance runner, (again, likely too little nourishment.)
Yes, I've definitely heard before that malnourished people develop downy hair on their bodies, though I can't for the life of me remember why. Warmth?
Edit: Google says yes. "But while hair may be lost from their heads, anorexics can expect to grow new hair on their face and bodies. Lanugo, a soft, downy hair that grows largely on the face, back and arms, is nature's defense against periods of starvation and malnutrition -- it is the body's attempt to keep itself warm to survive. "
Though I wouldn't suggest you try and diagnose anyone's mental state by their body hair.
I went to school for hair removal (and makeup and skincare), and I have to say that you shouldn't shave your arms; you should only ever get them waxed. It's the easiest and fastest way to get it done, and if you shave them, you will have a big stubble problem--bigger than with legs, usually. You wouldn't believe the amount of shaven arms I've had to fix in my lifetime.
I generally shave my arms, even though I have blond hair.
I have shot models before (beauty) whom I noticed had really noticeable facial hair when I uploaded their shots. Definitely ruins a shot & can make photoshop a total pain in the ass. :-/ I feel awkward bringing it up ahead of time, but I usually include a mention of it in my call sheet w/all the other info. (Though I don't know if it actually helps).