Photographer Ben Hopper is on a mission to help people understand why it is that society finds it such a big deal to see a woman with armpit hair. In his photos series titled "Natural Beauty," which he began in 2014, he's photographing and interviewing women who let their body hair grow uninterrupted for varying reasons.
"Although armpit hair is a natural state it has become a statement," his website reads. "Why is that? For almost a century we have been brainwashed by the beauty industry, encouraging hair removal. By creating a contrast between common ‘fashionable’ female beauty and the raw unconventional look of female armpit hair, thoughts are intrigued and a discussion is made."
Below, see some select photos from Hopper's series alongside the thoughts of the women pictured. See the rest of them on his website.