The Rise of the Designer Vagina

REFINERY29 – DEC. 3RD 2019

Jane* was in Grade 10 the first time she Googled “what is a labiaplasty?” The size of her labia minora had always bothered her. She couldn’t wear jeans without chafing, couldn’t ride a bike without it hurting, couldn’t wear a bathing suit without fear that they might slip out. Joining the volleyball team at school was the final straw. “It always felt weird between my legs, but when I started playing volleyball the friction of the spandex shorts drove me crazy,” she says. Jane and her mom decided she would wait until she was 21 to see a surgeon about the procedure, which involves trimming the inner or outer lips of the vulva. When the time came, one consultation and Jane was convinced.