Ben Hopper photographed over twenty stunning women with armpit hair for the photo series ’Natural Beauty’. With these controversial images he aims to surprise both men and women. Ben talks to IntoConnection about the comeback of armpit hair and why it is more than just a feminist statement.
The women in the series range from professional models to architecture students and from actresses to fashion designers. Ben did receive some criticism on the women he photographed for the Natural Beauty series, the critical ones were asking him why he choose to mainly photograph skinny, pretty women as his subject.
Ben however deliberately chose for the stereotype “pretty” women. His idea was to take the stereotype and then mess around with it. In Natural Beauty you see something that you are used to -the pretty women you see in commercials, campaigns and advertisements- but there is a strong contrast added in the photo: they have armpit hair.
The photographer came up with the idea of Natural Beauty back in 2007 when he just started with photography. He thought it would be an interesting, repelling subject. Ben himself has always been into the natural look, it is not only attractive to him but he also admires the powerful image. Looking back he thinks that he might came up with the idea while joking around, fantasising about a photo of a model with armpit hair on the cover of a fashion magazine. Will that ever happen? According to Ben it should.