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The Vagina Illustrator Redefining Genital Beauty Standards

In a natural, un-edited state, female crotches are furry, lumpy and individual. Girls grow up fuelled by advertising and the media, told to wax, chop and conceal every flaw on their bodies or be shamed otherwise. Even into womanhood, our frames and fannies are analysed, scrutinised and objectified, and bushes remain “abnormal” while scalp-like, smooth porn star pussies prevail as status quo.

Still, kickass illustrator, Meredith White, is reevaluating beauty norms and wants to remind everyone (boys, girls, everyone included) that vaginas and vulvas come in all shapes and sizes. An arty antithesis to perceived perfection, the vulva extraordinaire illustrates female genitalia of all shapes, sizes and colours for her inclusive Instagram gang @clubclitoris.

(Illustrations: Meredith White)

Championing vulva-positivity through savvy sketches, her sassy rebellion is here to show you that, while every lady oyster is different, they’re worthy of an applause and absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. We caught up with the erogenous expert on all things pussy positivity.

Konbini: Can you tell me how you came to start illustrating vulvas and vaginas in all their different varieties for @ClubClitoris?

Meredith White: My love for illustrating vaginas started as a sassy rebellion. For years, I openly rejected my anatomy, hoping for a different body (vagina included), and I knew it was time to fight back. I wanted to explore such a personal, ostracised topic and created the zine JUICES: A Vagina Celebration.

By posting the vagina illustrations on @clubclitoris, I discovered other women felt the same (what’s up, ladies!). Slowly but surely, women have started embracing their wildly different figures, and I love creating illustrations that support and emphasise that goal.

How do you feel about pop culture, advertising and porn’s very restricted view of female genitalia?

Unfortunately, our culture flourishes on female insecurity – the media promotes thin models and celebrities as beautiful instead of promoting all body types as beautiful, while pornography reinforces the scary concept that women (and their vaginas) are sexual objects.

And women constantly compare their bodies to that unrealistic “standard”. For centuries, this culture has treated the natural vagina as if it’s something to be ashamed of and abused, and biased views fuel that fire.

“Your vagina is normal, natural, and gorgeous, regardless of what the media tells you”


How and why would you like to redefine that?

I illustrate vaginas in their unedited form and every illustration is referenced from a real woman. Every hair, labia wrinkle, dimple, and freckle is included in my drawings (and they’re honestly the best part). Lady friend! Your vagina is normal, natural, and gorgeous, regardless of what the media tells you. You can’t keep a good vulva down!

(Illustrations: Meredith White)

Why is it so important to make sure women and girls are comfortable with their own anatomy?

Because so many women are not. The freedom to love your body without being humiliated, hating yourself, or feeling “less than” is a basic human right.

How does it make you feel that grooming, shaving and labiaplasty surgeries are all such common beautifying regimes? 

I believe women should do whatever helps them love their bodies, but shaving and labia surgery are far from necessary, ladies! What’s so wrong with hair? Male body hair is “manly” so why isn’t female body hair “feminine”?

Why does every woman grow leg, arm, facial, and pubic hair? Because it’s natural! And so are prominent labia. Society and advertising have taken naturalism from women in an attempt to sell razors, shaving cream, and surgical treatments. Companies profit off of constant insecurities, not confidence, and I say fuck that! Shout out to all the hairy babes and labia lovers, your body is damn beautiful.

You Instagrammed a private message you received with someone asking you which ‘vajina’ was yours, do you get that a lot?

Yes, it’s so goofy! These dudes perceive vaginas as sexual objects instead of a natural part of the female anatomy (and this concept isn’t anything new. It’s something that advertising and pornography have fed us for centuries). And of course, unwarranted questions about my vagina are always awkward, sorry guy!

So are you going to turn Club Clitoris into an actual club? I want to join!

I see Club Clitoris as a group of badass babes popping their bubblegum in the haters’ faces with confidence and self-love unaffected by negative social norms; badass babes who can fearlessly be themselves – body hair, stretch marks, and cellulite included – with massive support from their fellow ladies! It’s not an official club, but hopefully some day.

Check out more of Meredith White’s work and join @clubclitoris, boys and girls.



Sh! Womens Erotic Emporuim

Sh! is a female orientated sex shop located in Hoxton, London, it sells high class, quality sex toys and gives off a great attitude! With it’s ‘Men only allowed of accompanied by a woman’ rule, women no longer need to feel overpowered by walls laced with porn or toys that are aimed to pleasure men.

This shop relates to my collection for so many reasons, Ky, the founder of Sh! opened the store after an unsuccessful day of dildo shopping, after realising that a sexually liberated woman could go shopping to a sex store without having to go to sleazy male run stores with blacked out windows she decided in 1992 to make a change for the better.

Sh! was the first ever sex shop for women and the first boutique-style erotic shop. The fact that the shop is  subtle, boutique-like and very erotic in a non offending creates a perfect link to my collection, my erotic-chic designs featuring pastel pinks, purples and blues would fit in beautifully.

I am disappointed that I only discovered this store recently as I would have liked to send an invitation to my graduate show to the women of Sh! The invited from the school went out 2 weeks ago but I don’t see any harm in contacting now, I plan on emailing them and hopefully inviting in person when I visit the McCartney exhibition.

I would love a visit from Sh! because my collection is made up of delicately explicit motifs, which I have drawn, painted or printed myself, then used to create repeat patterns for wallpaper… Perfect for a store just like this. I understand that the use of fannys and masturbating women will be sought out by a relatively niche market (which will probably be mostly women) but can perfectly envision my  wallpaper as a feature wall, featuring shelves proudly displaying beautiful, colourful dildos and toys 🙂

Dissertation Reflection

While writing my dissertation as part of my constellation module I encountered many bumps and obstacles, when choosing my topic and starting my research I struggled, it made sense to me to choose something I was interested in so that research was something enjoyable and in the hope that writing it would become easier and content would flow rather than feel forced. After much consideration I chose tattoos as my key debate, and from this decided to look at tattoos in relation to women, for the simple reason that this was something I was interested in, but never looked at academically, or at all for that matter, I have never been one to take much thought in or debate the ongoing key issues between men and women so I thought that combining my interest in tattooing with something I haven’t studied before would make for stimulating work.

If given the chance to research for and write my dissertation again I would have definitely started reading earlier, this is one thing that although I was aware of, I didn’t do. I had a brief idea of what I wanted to include in my writing and the possible outcomes but didn’t spend the valuable time needed over summer to start my research and academic reading. The tendency to delay the start of something has been a recurring issue thorough all of my academic life, but it’s only for this module that I experienced and understood the importance of time management. I have carried this over to my subject module and am seeing instant results when starting my work at the correct time and managing my time appropriately. Throughout the year time management is not the only thing that has changed due to writing my dissertation, I have become for focused and passionate about my work, I attended all of the scheduled meetings to discuss the progress of my writing, which is something I have has issues with in the past, through my attendance I found the work easier, thus making the writing more enjoyable, hopefully with will show in my work.

At the start of my constellation module I continually found it hard to create links between my academic and creative subjects, which sometimes left me feeling this daunting piece of writing was almost useless, but as the above mentioned focus and passion developed so did the connections between my constellation module and subject module. During my research and writing I was trying to choose a suitable topic for my final major project, I never thought expected that me research and they key debated within my dissertation would inspire me so much. I read and used many interesting and relevant pieces of literature during the research and writing of my dissertation but the one that has inspired me most and ultimately became a key for inspiration when choosing my topic for my subject module was Margot Mifflin’s Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo. This was one of the first pieces of writing I found when I initially started my research before summer, and although I was somewhat gripped by the book straight away I didn’t realise how important and influential Mifflin’s book would be to me and my studies, not only did this book help me narrow down my ideas for my topic and choose my final question, but it helped me find the other pieces of writing that would be relevant to my research and writing. All I had when I came across Bodies of Subversion were the idea that I wanted to write about tattoos (as I have always been fascinated by tattoos and have been getting them regularly for the past 7/8 years) and women. As a tattooed woman I am aware of some of the issues that come with tattooed females but it’s never really something that has particularly bothered me, I accepted they were there, turned a blind eye and continued to get tattoos, but Bodies of Subversion and the other articles and academic references I found such as ‘Tattoos and Piercings; issues of body modifications within the workplace’ by Brian Elzweig and Donna Peeples and Eleanor Mills article for the Sunday Times titled, ‘The girl with the dreadful tattoo’, helped me to highlight the main issues and key debates within my chosen topic, from this my question was decided, ‘What issues arise regarding female identity within tattoo culture?’. As I highlighted the key topics I wanted to discuss, and found more articles relating to my question my passion for the topic grew and began to inspire my creative work.

My chosen topic for my final major project in my subject module I feel has a subtle but direct link to my dissertation and constellation module. Although I am not basing my research and design work on tattoos or specifically women which is what I concentrate on within my dissertation, I got the inspiration for my topic directly from my research for constellation. Mifflin talks of women getting tattoos being a retaliation to the issues that we have always faced regarding female body empowerment and the link it has to men, highlighting that for a long time women sat in the back seats in a male controlled society, this is something Mills talk about in her article too, although she does this without taste or without any conscientiousness unlike Mifflin who is more delicate about her views and backs up herself with fact and research. I was instantly gripped by the thought of body empowerment and this led me to think more into sexual body empowerment and the views society has upon this, which lead me to my theme of Erotica. I have decided to steer away from specifically female identity within society as I studied before and put more focus into the naked body, both men and women, through my work I want to highlight the issues society has with the use of the naked body within art and media, looking at artist that use the body specifically in a sexual nature as inspiration for work.

Using my findings from constellation I have directed myself to a subject that I am becoming more and more passionate about every day and I believe that I will continue to design and create work of this nature after my studies have finished. I feel I have a greater understanding of a world that I am part of regarding being a tattooed female and the work I am creating that has bene inspired by my dissertation has resulted in me experimenting within different subject areas and with different medias.

Considering my dissertation started slow and I lacked the enthusiasm needed at an early stage, it was helped me develop and grow as a designer, and helped me to grow in many different aspects, not just within my academic and creative studies but also personally.