When you're a female consumer, you pay more than men do on products – from toys and clothing to beauty products. Toiletries, haircare and shower gel for women usually come with higher price tags and the same is true for shaving products. This practice used by retailers is commonly known as the Pink Tax —and we're not the only ones who think it's bullshit.
In the US, Billie is a subscription-based service that aims to put an end to ripping off women who shave. Billie mails reasonably-priced razors right to your door — Pink Tax-free, reasonably priced and with no extra shipping fees. Great if you live in America, but it is the grooming company's advertisements that are attracting attention worldwide.
From the beginning, the brand's ads never shamed women into being hairless from the neck down. And to make that message crystal-clear, it just launched a new campaign that actually shows hair, fuzz, and stubble — a first for an industry that typically features commercials of women shaving already smooth legs. Enter: Billie's Project Body Hair.
Directed and shot by photographer Ashley Armitage, Project Body Hair showcases beautiful images of women with hair, well, everywhere: underarms, legs, happy trails, toes, the mons pubis. For Armitage, who's long been fighting for better representation of women through her work, the partnership was a natural fit. In fact, the photographer has already made headlines in the past for her Instagram movement to embrace pubic hair. "The beauty industry has typically celebrated hairless, glossy, airbrushed women," says Armitage. "Our goal was to push against these stereotypes and not only show women with body hair but do it in a super beautiful and celebratory way."
Armitage chose a diverse cast of women — some who shave everything, some who shave nothing, and some who shave some parts and not others — to get real about what female body hair actually looks like. So where does a razor brand fit into all this? For Billie, it's about putting women first, and letting the product take a backseat. "However, whenever, if ever you want to shave, we'll be here," the brand writes. And that's just the way it should be.