Then hair started growing on my arms. I'd cover it up with my hoodies. Understand that it could be 90 degrees out and I'd be fully dressed for a cold day. I would never admit to my parents my reason for this, but they knew something was wrong. My dad sometimes checked my arms to see if I cut myself (they were that concerned.)
Then more hair grew. Such as: above my lips, even my stomach and back, and of course my eyebrows. During that time, as unaware as I was, I thought only men grew hair in these areas. Although neither of these areas had a huge amount of hair, I still felt as if I wasn't normal. I looked at the rest of the girls in school and they didn't look like me, or if they did they were made fun of. I was ashamed of my body because of this; because I didn't look smooth, or "clean" like I saw women in movies being. (I say clean because once I got my eyebrows waxed my "friend" told me that something was different about me; "I looked clean.")
By high school I became obsessed with waxing, hair-removal creams, shaving, ANY possible way to eliminate my hair. I didn't care if it made me itchy, or have my skin break out. This, of course, led to other "beauty" obsessions.
Then one day I met a boy named Chris and I woke up (I was 19.) I realized how powerful the media is when they can easily influence your perception. I realized hair IS normal, it's natural, and you know what: it's fucking beautiful. I realized I needed to love myself no matter how "different" I looked from the rest. Do you think Frida ever shaved her unobrow, or mustache? Do you think that's what she's remembered for? Wrong. I realized that people will always (sometimes without knowing) judge looks before character, but at the end of the day it really doesn't matter one bit. I was done feeling bad about myself.
Today: I don't shave my arms anymore, I pluck my eyebrows every now and then, I don't wax any part of my face anymore, I shave my legs when I plan to show them, I don't use any creams anymore, etc. Call me a hippie, but there are far more important things in life to think about then this hair of mine ;)