Vaginas. Just like the women who own them, every one is unique. Yet we don’t spend much time contemplating our downstairs pals or even looking at them.
Which might explain why women are just starting to grasp that vaginas come in all shapes and sizes and everyone is perfectly normal.
(And before the Vagina Police correct me – yes, we are actually talking about what is technically the vulva, but until the current lexicon catches up to you, we’re going to keep calling them vaginas.)
Listen: Chrissy Teigen wasn’t phased by her vagina flash at the 2016 AMAs.
In an effort to help women everywhere accept their vaginas for the magnificent, yet perfectly ordinary, organs that they are, Elite Daily spoke to a former wax specialist named Mel and asked her to share the types of vaginas she saw every day.
According to Mel, who chose not to reveal her name, there are five categories of vaginas that every woman will fit into – though not always perfectly. So, don’t stress if yours doesn’t look identical to the pictures below. (Actually, if they looked identical to the colourful illustrations by Kylah Benes-Trapp I’d be worried.)
And just to make us feel every better, Mel has given them fun names…
Ms Barbie is what people think a vagina looks like, but it is not what most vaginas look like, according to Mel.
Notice it's also neat looking? In this case, the vagina's inner lips - labia minora - are contained within the outer lips - labia majora and both are right up against the pubic bone.
Ms Puffs is a lot like the first type, but her outer lips sit much lower to Ms Barbie's. The labia majora can either be puffed up or thin and loose - which according to Mel has nothing to do with the woman's age or weight.
Mel considers Ms. Curtains to be the most common type of vagina - where the labia minora extends past the labia majora. They could stick out a lot - or a little bit, Mel explained to Elite Daily.
If you have a Ms Horseshoe the opening of the vagina will spread wider at the top, exposing the labia minora, but touches again toward the bottom. The labia minora does not hang lower than the labia majora, so it looks a little horseshoe shaped.
With Ms. Tulip the labia minora is slightly exposed through the entire length of labia majora. The difference between her and Ms. Curtains in that the inner lips are visible, but not exactly hanging out of the outer lips.
Well, there you go. As Mel told Elite Daily's Jamie LeeLo, "Your vagina is perfect. It’s just like a curtain. You wouldn’t hate your house if it had ugly curtains."