Are Merkins Going Mainstream? We Investigate

Let us preface this by saying, between the vajazzling and the peacocking of the privates, we’re not sure we can take much more of these "downtown decorating" trends. However, we've been accosted by so many images of fluffy, furry crotches lately, that we decided to delve deeper (ahem). Last week we learned about Real Housewife of New York alum Cindy Barshop’s newest offering for nether region adornment: the “Foxy Bikini,” which is essentially a merkin made of fox fur and dyed an unnatural color. (PS: you'll be happy to know that she's switching to faux fox after PETA and others caused a ruckus.) Then at the Thom Browne menswear show a few weeks ago (left) we noticed some fur (a man-erkin?) peeking out of low cut trousers. We had to learn more about the history of this colorful accessory. Consider this your Cliff’s Notes for merkins.
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Let us preface this by saying, between the vajazzling and the peacocking of the privates, we’re not sure we can take much more of these "downtown decorating" trends. However, we've been accosted by so many images of fluffy, furry crotches lately, that we decided to delve deeper (ahem). Last week we learned about Real Housewife of New York alum Cindy Barshop’s newest offering for nether region adornment: the “Foxy Bikini,” which is essentially a merkin made of fox fur and dyed an unnatural color. (PS: you'll be happy to know that she's switching to faux fox after PETA and others caused a ruckus.) Then at the Thom Browne menswear show a few weeks ago (left) we noticed some fur (a man-erkin?) peeking out of low cut trousers. We had to learn more about the history of this colorful accessory. Consider this your Cliff’s Notes for merkins.
Photo: Imaxtree

Photo: Imaxtree

Let us preface this by saying, between the vajazzling and the peacocking of the privates, we’re not sure we can take much more of these "downtown decorating" trends. However, we've been accosted by so many images of fluffy, furry crotches lately, that we decided to delve deeper (ahem).

Last week we learned about Real Housewife of New York alum Cindy Barshop’s newest offering for nether region adornment: the “

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But that’s neither here nor there. And going au natural wouldn’t be beneficial to modern day merkin makers. Rhonda Thaut, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for World of Wigs, the premier online retailer of merkins for the masses, shares a little insight on the business.

According to Thaut, today’s merkins are:

-Incredibly labor-intensive: “Merkins are made with a full lace base, and each hair is ventilated (attached) to the lace one hair at a time. This is why they’re so time consuming.”

-Surprisingly long-lasting: “Merkins are attached using a two-way medical-grade adhesive—it can stay attached for several days.” (Just be sure you’re freshly shaven!)

-Completely customizable: “Custom designed merkins are handmade with human or synthetic hair, and can be made in any shape, size, length, and color, from black to neon.” (Completion can take anywhere between 2-to-8 weeks!)

If you can’t wait two months for your very own twat toupee, World Of Wigs carries stock merkins as well. “They’re available in basic natural colors—black, brown, blonde—and come in one size, but can be cut to fit your desired shape.”

THE FUTURE: Seeing as how merkins have already gotten the MPAA’s (Motion Picture Association of America) stamp of approval, we can’t help but wonder—will they leap off of the screen and onto the sidewalk? (Or into the sack?)

Thankfully, Thaut doesn’t think merkin mania will ever strike the masses. “We’ve sold hundreds of merkins, however I don’t think they’ll ever go mainstream. We would’ve already witnessed this at some point in our 53 years in business.”

Is there any scenario in which you ever see yourself wearing a merkin? Do tell.