WOMEN
11/09/2015 02:38 pm ET

14 Photos Show How Liberating It Can Be To Go All Natural (NSFW)

"Being 'unshaven' is definitely liberating, for me."
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Warning: Images below may be considered NSFW to some readers. 

A new photography book shows that going all natural has never looked so good. 

In her new book Unshaven, photographer Nikki Silver celebrates women who choose to not shave their body hair. Co-authored by sexuality educator Tina Horn, the book features both erotic and feminist images of amateur models showing off their body hair. 

"Showcasing and promoting women with body hair as being sexy is kind of my whole project and career," Silver told The Huffington Post. 

As an award-winning feminist porn producer, Silver said she had already been photographing women for her porn site NaughtyNatural when she decided to create Unshaven. She had a catalogue of over 40,000 photos to choose from between her porn shoots and specific photography taken for the book. 

"I'm not interested in telling anyone what to do with their body, whether that's to shave or not shave," Silver said. "I am however, very interested in personal freedom and bodily autonomy, especially for women and feminine presenting people, who society is so frequently trying to control."

Nikki Silver/Unshaven

While Silver stressed that personal liberation comes in all different forms for women, she said that -- as a hairy woman herself -- going all natural has been very liberating for her.

"Deciding not to shave may just be one small facet of making ones own decisions about visions of beauty and personal freedom, but it is significant and I think, very much worth celebrating," Silver said.  

While Unshaven includes a diverse range of models, there are many feminists who argue that growing out body hair as a political statement is often white-washed. In an interview with Cosmopolitan Silver addressed this point.

"I think that, just in a general sense of looking more normative, it's easier for white people period, just because of general racism," Silver told Cosmopolitan. "Just walking down the street, there's harassment that women of color face, and to add hair onto that I can totally empathize that that wouldn't be the easiest of choices [in the same way that it might be] for a white woman."

Nikki Silver/Unshaven

Silver said that her goal is to push people to make choices that liberate them personally, whether that includes going all natural or not. "Being 'Unshaven' is definitely liberating, for me," Silver said. 

Scroll below to see more beautiful, fierce and unshaven women from Silver and Horn's book below. 

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Absolutely stunning. 

Head over to Amazon to purchase Unshaven. 

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