Phobiaholic! Have You Heard of Snickophobia – the Fear of Wearing Underwear?

You probably have not heard the word ‘Snickophobia’ before. But you have heard the name Rihanna. Well, what is the relationship between the two? Rihanna is suffering from snickophobia and has been seeking therapy to overcome this! Surprise surprise! I bet you never knew this.

Snickophobia is the fear of wearing underwear, whether it is bra, pants, boxers or whatever it is called. Straight to the point, it is an underwear phobia. In most cases, this fear is premised on the fact that the sufferer is afraid of getting dirty from the underwear and possibly getting a disease he or she wouldn’t want to experience. So such person is afraid of living with the memory of that experience. Strange you may say. But people hardly explain why they suffer certain phobias. Read this story on snickophobia and how to overcome it, including the one following on Rihanna’s underwear phobia.

 Snickophobia, Causes and how to overcome it

Snickophobia is a situation where the sufferer develops an unwarranted worry of being or getting dirty from underwear. Having Snickophobia is a troublesome condition

because living with the condition proves to be difficult. Victims can’t play or work for a long time as they worry getting dirty. It is critical to exercise and play for health and fitness; and if

there’s Snickophobia the victim is not going to play long for fear of getting dirty.

With Snickophobia, the victim could not be capable of accepting some jobs for concern of getting dirty and with this; there is a probability of losing possibilities of getting


In such cases, the sufferer tends to get panic attacks when they are dirty. So they like

avoiding getting dirty in order that there are no grisly memories of that deadly day. And it is with this that Snickophobia tends to set in. and it is this reminiscence that

psychologists try to eliminate, whereby Snickophobia shall be eradicated from the victim’s mind. This is feasible only with some counseling from the part of the psychologist or

counselor wherein pretty soon you’ll discover the sufferer cured of Snickophobia.

 Here’s some information to help you get rid of it

Knickers, undies, banana hammocks: Whatever you call your underwear, it’s an integral part of (almost) everyone’s wardrobe. It comes in all shapes, sizes, styles, and fabrics. Some people have a lucky pair; others buy ones just for special occasions. (Hellooo, date night!) But silly nicknames aside, we take underwear very seriously judging by the money we spend. Industry experts say the global underwear industry is worth $30 Billion. Holy Victoria’s Secret! That is a lot of money for a piece of clothing hidden from view (most days).

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Despite our investment in these small squares of fabric, and the fact that our “delicates” contain our most delicate anatomy, there’s a lot that’s never discussed about underpants from a health perspective. Never fear, we’ve asked experts all the tough (and awkward) questions, from what to wear at the gym to what to do if you’ve run out of clean laundry (Source:



Now that you have an idea of what snickophobia is, you can now tell whatever you sometimes find yourself experiencing this ailment or not. Well, if you do you now know how to overcome it.

Meanwhile read the story below published on the to get a clearer picture of Rihanna’s underwear phobia;

Rihanna Has ‘Underwear phobia’

Rihanna is reportedly seeking therapy for her underwear phobia.

The 25-year-old singer is known for flashing her figure both on and off stage. She also enjoys sharing pictures of herself in skimpy outfits on photo-sharing site Instagram, and apparently there is a deep-seated reason for her love of barely-there fashion.

“She’s seeking therapy to overcome her feeling of entrapment when wearing bras and knickers,” an insider told British magazine Heat. “She insists she feels more free and liberated when she goes commando.”

It’s not known where Rihanna has been visiting a counsellor or if the treatment is helping her overcome her fear.

The Barbadian singer’s love of fashion and beauty is well known. She has created clothing lines for UK store River Island in the past and has teamed up with MAC for a make-up line. At the end of last year it was even reported that she was customising her New York apartment to honour her love for style, creating three walk-in wardrobes by transforming bedrooms.


Although she loves showing off skin nowadays, it’s not always been that way for the star. She’s previously explained how her look has evolved over the years.

“As a little girl, I only ever wanted to wear my brother’s clothes. I grew up with my brothers and [male] cousins so it was only when I met my best friend at 14 and discovered fashion magazines that I got into heels,” she said.

“Before that, I always went out in sneakers and pants with a T-shirt rolled up and my cap low. I was never girly.”


The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.


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  1. nawa ooo its a crazy can someone be scared of wearing undies

  2. Chukwurah chinwike christopher

    Sickness dey o mana ekelu olu eke

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