Whilst the history of women's hair removal is a long and confusing one, the mystery around female body hair is pretty uncomplicated. Humans, and therefore women, have body hair and can decide what they want to do with it. Unfortunately, gender politics has somewhat muddied this truth, leading some to believe that body hair on women is unsightly, uncleanly and not 'womanly' at all.
A man I met once wrote that about me, in a WhatsApp group. He attached the message to a screenshot, of a picture that I had uploaded of myself, to my Instagram. Or worse still, perhaps I deleted the latest episode of Game of Thrones before he had a chance to watch it.
From Britney Spears and Beyonce shock horrorto Julia Roberts and Halle Berry, someone needs to remind these celebs there's cameras everywhere. We couldn't quite believe it when Madonna flaunted what appeared to be a very hairy armpit on Instagram. And she's not the only celebrity to show off her very own tuft of fluff for the world to see - the difference being, she actually intended for people to see it.
Skip navigation! Story from Beauty. Inlong before Gen-Z stars like Amandla Stenberg and Paris Jackson were making the case for body hair being NBD, Julia Roberts attended the premiere of her new film Notting Hill dressed in a sparkling red Vivienne Tam sheath with her hair haphazardly twisted in a waterfall updo and her armpits completely unshaven. This wasn't the first time anyone saw an A-list celebrity with body hairbut it certainly did trigger a vocal response.
Her look at the premiere of Notting Hill, beaming in a red sequined Vivienne Tam dress, arm raised to reveal a dark tuft, was immediately celebrated as a subversive feminist bird-flip against female beauty standards. Armpit hair remains a bizarre sticking point for anti-feminists. A few days ago, Nike uploaded a picture on Instagram showing the model and musician Annahstasia Enuke with a small amount of underarm hair visible; in response, thousands of commenters expressed outrage and disgust.
The Nike ad features Nigerian-American singer Annahstasia posing in a Nike sports bra with one arm raised over her head, defiantly displaying her natural armpit hair. And the laissez-faire attitude towards shaving legs, underarms, upper lips and more is in vogue with stars like Amandla Stenberg and Lourdes Leon strutting down red carpets flaunting their natural fur. We can do whatever we want with our bodies
Even though it has become much more common to see starlets wearing sleeveless and strapless looks with unshaven armpits — Paris Jackson and Amandla Stenberg come to mind — it's still surprising enough to the at-home onlooker to create buzz. But that buzz is nothing like the collective gasp that occurred nearly 20 years ago when Julia Roberts hit the red carpet with underarms that apparently hadn't been shaved in quite some time. In Aprila year-old Roberts attended the premiere of Notting Hill wearing a gorgeous, reddish-pink, sequined Vivienne Tam dress.
Personal grooming is called that for a reason. How you wear your hair, whether you choose to wear makeup, and when — and if — you shave are all private choices. But there are a number of public figures whose grooming preferences are out on display. These female celebs don't shave their armpits, whether they're making a statement about beauty standards for women or simply feel more comfortable unshaven.
One of the mysteries of Italian women is whether they shave their armpits or not. It is a mystery, and a question that is often asked. Is it true that Italian women have hairy armpits?