CULTURE & ARTS
12/09/2014 09:38 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Gloriously NSFW Art Book Examines The Beauty Of Female Pubic Hair

Note: The following post contains many close-ups of vaginas and, thus, may be unsuitable for work. You've been warned.

Marilyn Minter has long intoxicated viewers with her close-up images that combine the glamorous and the grotesque until they become thoroughly mixed in an inseparable goo. If any artist were to take on the subject of female pubic hair, we could think of no finer a candidate.

"The idea was to create beautiful images of pubic hair, a subject matter that seems to be disappearing from popular discourse," Minter explained to The Observer. The resulting art object, entitled "Plush," is basically a bush book, a visual compendium of hair down there in a variety of textures, colors and coifs.

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Minter collaborated with underground publisher Fulton Ryder on the sensual art book, with director Fabiola Alondra coming up with the evocative title. "PLUSH," she explained. "The word itself is lush in its sound and the images and feelings it provokes are charged with power. The term dates back to the 16th-century French words 'pluche' and 'peluche,' a smooth or shaggy/hairy fabric. In the 19th-century, plush was used as term to refer to pubic hair."

The book, a mixture of photographs and hyperrealistic paintings, features zoomed-in lady manes in Minter's signature glossy aesthetic. Fuzzy genitalia resembling bizarre animals or the newest fashion trends appear alongside technicolor manicures and the occasional gold chain. The images, at once sexual and uncultivated, depict an often overlooked aspect of female beauty from a female perspective. And in case you were curious, let Minter assure you, "everything's real. Nothing's dyed."

May Marilyn's bold work bring us one step closer to a bush-tastic future. In the meantime, enjoy the (very NSFW) book preview below.

Plush is available December 3rd, available in an edition of 500 copies. For more on the beauty of female body hair, check out our art historical survey of grooming habits here.

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BEFORE YOU GO

  • Not the story of why I decided to grow out my armpits again...
     Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, In Bed, 1892
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, In Bed, 1892
  • There are no razors in Eden -- obviously.
    Heinrich Aldegrever, Eve, 1540.
    Heinrich Aldegrever, Eve, 1540.
  • My pit hairs are up here.
    Henri Matisse, Odalisque with Arms Raised, (of Henriette Darricarrière), 1923, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
    Henri Matisse, Odalisque with Arms Raised, (of Henriette Darricarrière), 1923, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Birds flock to my bush, NBD.
    Wangechi Mutu, The Storm Has Finally Made It Out Of Me Alhamdulillah, 2012.
Mixed media collage on linoleum, 73" H x 114" W x
    Wangechi Mutu, The Storm Has Finally Made It Out Of Me Alhamdulillah, 2012. Mixed media collage on linoleum, 73" H x 114" W x 4" D. Image courtesy of the Artist and Susanne Vilemetter Los Angeles Projects; Photo Credit: Robert Wedemeyer.
  • Power to the pubic hairs!
    Dorothy Iannone, The Next Great Moment In History Is Ours, 1970, Courtesy die Künstlerin, Air de Paris, Paris, und Peres Proj
    Dorothy Iannone, The Next Great Moment In History Is Ours, 1970, Courtesy die Künstlerin, Air de Paris, Paris, und Peres Projects, Berlin, Foto: Joachim Littkemann
  • Now that I have your attention...
    Egon Schiele, Sitting girl, 1917
    Egon Schiele, Sitting girl, 1917
  • I don't like to get them wet...
    Gustave Courbet, The Bather, 1868, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
    Gustave Courbet, The Bather, 1868, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Look into my crystal ball, not my bush.
    Wangechi Mutu, The Original Nine Daughters (detail), 2012.
Series of 9 etchings, Paper size 19 x10 inches each, image size 15
    Wangechi Mutu, The Original Nine Daughters (detail), 2012. Series of 9 etchings, Paper size 19 x10 inches each, image size 15 x 7 inches. Edition of 30 + 11 APs. Couortesy of the Artist and Pace Editions, Inc.
  • What, is there something on my brows?
    A photographer takes pictures of the painting 'Self-Portrait as Tehuana or Diego on My Mind' by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo du
    JOHN MACDOUGALL via Getty Images
    A photographer takes pictures of the painting 'Self-Portrait as Tehuana or Diego on My Mind' by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo during a press preview on April 29, 2010 at the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin. From April 30 to August 9, 2010, the museum presents a retrospective on the important painter known for her self-portraits often depicting her own pain. AFP PHOTO JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
  • I see you like my new 'do.
    Shunga by Hokusai
    Shunga by Hokusai
  • Hair is best kept unkempt.
    Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Torso Before The Bath, 1875
    Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Torso Before The Bath, 1875
  • Are the knee socks a bit much?
    Vincent van Gogh, Nude Woman Reclining January-February 1887, Paris Oil on canvas, 24 x 41 cm. Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Ot
    Vincent van Gogh, Nude Woman Reclining January-February 1887, Paris Oil on canvas, 24 x 41 cm. Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo
  • Frida's an artist? I just idolize her facial hair.
    A photographic self-portrait of Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura dressed as Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, hangs in the Institu
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A photographic self-portrait of Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura dressed as Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, hangs in the Institute of Contemporary Art, Thursday, March 25, 2004, in Boston. The piece, titled "An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Hand-shaped Earring), 2001" is part of the exhibit "Made in Mexico," which is scheduled to run through May 9, 2004. (AP Photo/Angela Rowlings)
  • 'Big bushes in front, small bushes in back...'
    Philippe Halsman and Salvador Dali, "In Voluptas Mors," 1951. Photo <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/03/dali-in
    Philippe Halsman and Salvador Dali, "In Voluptas Mors," 1951. Photo credit Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos
  • I always leave some pit hair to the imagination...
    Egon Schiele, Reclining Semi Nude with Red Hat, 1910
    Egon Schiele, Reclining Semi Nude with Red Hat, 1910
  • I feel good, thanks for asking!
    Dorothy Iannone, aus: Dialogues (unnumbered), 1968, Sammlung Andersch, Neuss, © Dorothy Iannone, <a href="http://www.huffingt
    Dorothy Iannone, aus: Dialogues (unnumbered), 1968, Sammlung Andersch, Neuss, © Dorothy Iannone, Foto: Markus Hawlik, Berlin
  • Sorry, what is this "Nair" you speak of?
    Amedeo Modigliani, Red Nude, 1917
    Amedeo Modigliani, Red Nude, 1917
  • Hair where? Hair everywhere.
    Wangechi Mutu, The Original Nine Daughters (detail), 2012.
Series of 9 etchings, Paper size 19 x10 inches each, image size 15
    Wangechi Mutu, The Original Nine Daughters (detail), 2012. Series of 9 etchings, Paper size 19 x10 inches each, image size 15 x 7 inches. Edition of 30 + 11 APs. Couortesy of the Artist and Pace Editions, Inc.
  • Yup, you came from here.
    Gustave Courbet, The Origin of the World (L'Origine du monde), 1866, Paris: Musée d'Orsay
    Gustave Courbet, The Origin of the World (L'Origine du monde), 1866, Paris: Musée d'Orsay
  • Tan lines? Good. Bush? Better.
    Chuck Close, Laura I, 1984, color Polaroids mounted on aluminum, 97" x 215" (243.8 cm x 546.1 cm), overall installed, 97" x 4
    Chuck Close, Laura I, 1984, color Polaroids mounted on aluminum, 97" x 215" (243.8 cm x 546.1 cm), overall installed, 97" x 43" (243.8 cm x 109.2 cm), five panels, each. Photos via Pace Gallery.
  • Brows are beautiful, folks.
    In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012,  a painting by Frida Kahlo (The Frame, 1938) is seen as part of one of two new exh
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, a painting by Frida Kahlo (The Frame, 1938) is seen as part of one of two new exhibits featuring art exclusively by women at the Seattle Art Museum, in Seattle. Included in the exhibition is the only U.S. stop for an exhibit from the Pompidou Center in Paris, home of the modern art museum there, of painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and video. The exhibit runs through Jan. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
  • I call it my 5 o'clock shadow...
    Daniel Maidman, Blue Leah #7, 2012, oil on canvas, 24"x36. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/17/daniel-maidmans-
    Daniel Maidman, Blue Leah #7, 2012, oil on canvas, 24"x36. Photo credit Daniel Maidman
  • [Octopus language]
    The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife, Hokusai, 1814
    The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife, Hokusai, 1814
  • I'll do the dapper thing, but the brows stay.
    This Feb. 8, 2013 photo shows Frida Kahlo's 1942 "Self Portrait with Cropped Hair" part of the exhibition featuring the works
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    This Feb. 8, 2013 photo shows Frida Kahlo's 1942 "Self Portrait with Cropped Hair" part of the exhibition featuring the works of Kahlo and Diego Rivera, "Frida & Diego: Passion Politics and Painting," at the High Museum in Atlanta. The exhibit features more than 140 works, making it the largest exhibition of the couple's art ever displayed together. Atlanta’s High will be the only U.S. venue for the exhibition, which opens Feb. 14 and runs through May 12. . (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Naked and nude are two different things, no?
    Amedeo Modigliani, Nude on a Blue Cushion, 1917
    Amedeo Modigliani, Nude on a Blue Cushion, 1917
  • Mickalene: 1. Gustave: 0
    Mickalene Thomas, Origin of the Universe 1, 2012 
Rhinestones, acrylic, oil and enamel on wood panel
    Mickalene Thomas, Origin of the Universe 1, 2012 Rhinestones, acrylic, oil and enamel on wood panel
  • Mind the sails!
    Gustave Courbet, Nude Reclining by the Sea
    Gustave Courbet, Nude Reclining by the Sea
  • Some day American Apparel will steal this look.
    Egon Schiele, Reclining nude, 1910
    Egon Schiele, Reclining nude, 1910
  • I saw a lot of other nude models rocking the socks and bush thing so...
    Van Gogh, Nude Woman on a Bed, 1887
    Van Gogh, Nude Woman on a Bed, 1887
  • You know how birds liked the bush? Yeah, hummingbirds too.
    Wengechi Mutu, All the way up, all the way out, 2012. 
Collage and mixed media on linoleum, 74 x 50 3/8 inches. 
Image courte
    Wengechi Mutu, All the way up, all the way out, 2012. Collage and mixed media on linoleum, 74 x 50 3/8 inches. Image courtesy of the Artist and Susanne Vilemetter Los Angeles Projects; Photo Credit: Robert Wedemeyer.
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