Vulvas are beautiful. All of them. The lovely labia. The mons, with hair or without. The little clitoral button that rears it’s head. We’re so often shown these genitals that are hairless, uniform in nature, and wholly unrealistic. But your vulva does not have to look like the ones in Playboy to be beautiful. In fact, if you ever wondered where the pornified standard of beauty came from, when smut mags began publishing full nudity, labia were considered “vulgar.” And so the models would tuck up their labia so that they were not visible from the front, creating a standard of beauty that revolved around very petite inner labia and pronounced outer labia.
If the models themselves were having to tuck in their lips in order to create that visual, it’s clearly not one that is as common as we are led to believe. But some women *do* have small inner labia that are engulfed by the outer ones, and that is perfectly wonderful, too! The point is that all our vulva are different, and they’re all beautiful. Their variety is part of their beauty, too. It gives each of us something that is uniquely our own. No one else has a vulva that looks like ours. It’s special.
In a testament to how “white” our standards of beauty in this culture are, it took me over an hour to find a nice, close-up picture of a black woman’s vulva. I wanted to include more, but just couldn’t find them. Any general search I did only pulled up white women, and any specified race turned up no results. Frustrating. And telling.