“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” Star Had to Wear A Merkin

“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” Star Had to Wear A Merkin

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By Miles Holden on December 14, 2011

You might not be aware of this, but a merkin is a pubic hair wig. Wait, that doesn’t sound right… I don’t mean it’s a wig made out of pubic hair, but a wig you wear to simulate pubic hair, you follow?

 The origin of the merkin is not a pretty one: “The Oxford Companion to the Body dates the origin of the pubic wig to the 1450's. Women would shave their pubic hair and wear a merkin to combat pubic lice, and prostitutes would wear them to cover up signs of disease, such as syphilis,” (Wiki) but in more recent years the merkin is most often used as a film prop during nude scenes.

 A bald vagina might be what’s expected of woman in porn, and out there in the dating world, but sometimes on film a chick is required to have some grass on the field. In cases where there are no pubes to be seen or when the carpet doesn’t match the curtains a merkin comes in handy.

That’s exactly what happened in the case of Rooney Mara; the actress chosen to portray Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming US release of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

 The physical transformation Rooney had to go through to successfully embody the popular fictional character Lisbeth Salander has been widely publicizes: dyeing and hacking off her hair, bleaching her eyebrows, and getting her nipples pierced, but what most people don’t know is that Rooney’s transformation from rosy-cheeked Harvard student to punk hacker Lisbeth also required a vagina wig. 

When asked by Metro if there were any particular details she thought fans of Lisbeth and the book would pick-up on, Rooney came up with the perfect answer:

“There was a lot of discussion that went into my merkin for the movie, because I was naked quite a lot. And I don’t think a lot of people will notice all of the attention that went into that. But there was a lot of discussions around that…  In the book she’s meant to have strawberry-blonde hair originally and she dyes it, so we had a special merkin made that was, you know, strawberry-blonde so that it would fit.”

Damn, you had me at naked a lot! Can’t wait to see this movie.  

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