Lucky for us, hairy leg ‘anti pervert’ stockings are not the real deal. They are a hoax. Back in 2013, an image of these hairy stockings went viral on China’s Sina Weibo (similar to Twitter).
The picture shows a pair of legs hairy from thigh to ankle but non-hairy feet – leaving the gender of the subject open to debate.
Promoted as ‘anti-pervert’ stockings, the post accompanying the image stated:
”Super sexy, summertime anti-pervert full-leg-of-hair stockings, essential for young girls going out.”
At the time it was unclear whether or not these hairy leg stockings were in fact available for purchase or not. Was this an elaborate hoax or fact?
We now can confirm this was a hoax. A prank that sent the world wild and initiated a whole new discussion.
J Crew Fawn ‘ Hairy Leg’ Tights
We did some further investigation and discovered that this Chinese prank was not the first time that hairy leg tights were seen. Back in October 2010 American retailer J Crew shared images of a model in fawn tights.
What was really an image of a fawn, actually made her legs look especially hairy.
What was thought to be a prank was simply J Crew promoting their new lacy fawn tights and once the image drew plenty of unwanted attention, the model switched to wearing a pair of classical black lace tights which are still on the market today. (The black lace ones, not the fawn ones)
Whether or not this was intended is still open to opinion. This was though a clever optical illusion. A closer examination of the tights reveals they are actually in a lacy fawn pattern.
So before you decide to splash out and purchase a pair of hairy stockings from China, I’m sorry to say these are not for sale. And never actually were. Hairy leg stockings were a fun prank which certainly received a mixed response from the public.