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7 Aug

‘I used to be mocked for my facial hair

‘I used to be mocked for my facial hair

Make-up artist Nikki Patel was mocked for her upper lip hair growing up, but now she’s using her platform to let young girls within the South Asian community know that facial hair is not a taboo

Nikki Patel opens up about beauty standards inside the South Asian community and the way they’ve impacted her(Nikki Patel)

Cultural standards and expectations have long shaped traditional notions of beauty and what it means to be beautiful in several communities.

Growing up, many South Asian women were made to consider that body hair and darker skin weren’t attractive while a hairless face and fair complexion were seen as much more in fashion.

But with a recent wave of diverse influencers battling ingrained stereotypes online and difficult what it means to be valued in society, beauty ideals are changing.

As Nikki Patel puts it: “South Asians are more seen now than ever before”. This South Asian Heritage Month, she opens up about how modern-day norms are evolving.

Like many young girls, Nikki was made fun of for having dark upper lip and chin hair as a teen(Nikki Patel)
Now she movies herself threading her facial hair to point out children it is not a taboo(Nikki Patel)

You may recognise Nikki because the semi-finalist in BBC’s Glow Up Season One, the favored talent show that finds Britain’s next make-up star. Since competing in 2019, Nikki has gone on to work professionally in the sphere as a Hindu make-up artist, and now has over a million followers on Instagram and TikTok (@nikkissecretx).

While it’s commonplace for her to post videos threading her facial hair and sharing hacks to remove thick upper lip and chin stubble, body hair wasn’t at all times a subject Nikki felt comfortable discussing. Talking about being ridiculed by peers during her early teens, Nikki told the Mirror: “I used to be mocked for my facial hair, especially my upper lip hair.”

Nikki was cruelly teased for something she had no control over and felt as if she needed to remove her facial hair to feel more comfortable and accepted in society. Having hair-free skin is only one traditional beauty standard that is often perceived to be aspirational inside South Asian culture – while lighter, fairer skin is one other.

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