Charlie Roberts for "Natural Beauty"
“I decided to stop shaving a while back, I realised it was unnecessary and uncomfortable. I didn't care what I looked like so why should shaving matter? If I wasn't supposed to have the hair it wouldn't grow.
Personally I am happy with my decision, why wouldn't I be? It's a natural occurrence of the body; of course it's beautiful. It makes me feel strong and empowered, taking on my full form as a human being. I made a choice to do something and stuck with it.
I received a lot of compliments and an equal amount of negativity. People would tell me this beautiful NATURAL thing was disgusting (not that that changed anything). The oddest response I received was probably from the people telling me I was 'brave' for doing so. Why does leaving my hair make me brave? In this day and age something so normal is so obscure because we are taught to think it's wrong. It's not how people in magazines or on TV look so it's bad...
They are wrong.
Everyone is beautiful, with hair or without, but we need to stop teaching that difference is wrong and start teaching that it is a fantastic thing.
It's 2017, wake up and look however makes you happy. You won't regret it.”
– Charlie Roberts, artist. February 2017.