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Demystifying Vajazzling

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Fashion today includes sparkles, glitter and crystals on clothes, purses and other accessories ... anything shiny, and the more, the better, some would say.

This art form of decorating clothing and accessories began in the 1970s with the creation of a tool that stapled jewels (costume-type) onto shoes, hats, shirts ... you name it. Now, in the 21st century, "bedazzling" is more commonly used as a verb, to add "bling" to an item.

The history of bedazzling is interesting, as it was once a popular art form in the 1970s, and today has become so omnipresent that it is often mocked as a "kiddy craft" due to its overused, flashy, kitschy pseudo-crystals on just about any common household item you can imagine.

Well, I thought I could imagine all of the possible "household items" that could be bedazzled, until I heard about this term: vajazzle.

Bedazzling has now become a type of fashion for women's bodies. You can only imagine what "vajazzling" entails, but it is actually quite a misnomer, as it does not entail a woman's vagina and does not include the actual BeDazzling (machine).

Here's what vajazzling does entail:

  • Making an appointment with a beauty spa, specializing in vajazzling.
  • The actual "bling" are crystal adhesives (stickers, really), and do not include stapling or any permanent adherence to your body. The crystals are said to last 5-10 days (even after showering).
  • Vajazzling does not actually occur anywhere near your vagina. The crystal stickers are placed just under the bikini line (called the "mons" or mons pubis), after hair removal.
  • You can choose the fashion statement you wish to make with your vajazzling, as many options are available: spell out a boyfriend's name, create a smiley face, or even ring in the new year with a "2011" in sparkly colors.

Beauty salons have been providing beautification services to women for decades; why not add some bling to your thing? Many women (including celebrities) have used vajazzling to celebrate special occasions: anniversaries or break-ups, Valentine's Day and even their own wedding (or honeymoon, rather!).

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