You may recall a famous image of Julia Roberts at the “Notting Hill” premiere back in 1999, where the actress — one of the biggest movie stars of all time, mind you — was seen waving, which revealed an unshaven armpit. The image has been buzzed about for 20 years, with Roberts even recalling that memorable red carpet moment on “Busy Tonight” in November, sharing that she wasn’t trying to make a statement by not hiding her hair.
Roberts explained, “I just hadn’t really calculated my sleeve length and the waving and how those two things would go together and reveal personal things about me. So it wasn’t so much a statement as it’s just part of the statement I make as a human on the planet for myself.”
Yes, hair is human, but many women do everything they can to get rid of it. It seems, though, more people in the public eye are embracing natural hair when it comes to their armpits and legs. Model Emily Ratajkowski recently posed for Harper’s Bazaar and spoke up about her choice to not always shave. She said she feels it doesn’t make her any less feminine.
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“Give women the opportunity to be whatever they want and as multifaceted as they can be.” I wrote an essay for @harpersbazaarus about the importance of women’s right to choose (how she dresses, what she posts, if she decides to shave or not) no matter what influences have shaped the way she presents herself. Do your thing ladies, whatever it might be. Link in bio.
The model wrote, “If I decide to shave my armpits or grow them out, that’s up to me. For me, body hair is another opportunity for women to exercise their ability to choose —a choice based on how they want to feel and their associations with having or not having body hair. On any given day, I tend to like to shave, but sometimes letting my body hair grow out is what makes me feel sexy.”
“Bachelor” alum Bekah Martinez hit an event baring unshaven legs, a move she defended on Instagram after commenters called her out. “I stopped shaving my legs and armpits about a year ago as a practice of self-love. I grew up HATING the hair on my body. I was teased for it, snuck my mom’s razor at age 9, and would pray that god would remove my hair from the neck down. I would panic every time I got invited to go swimming and hadn’t shaved,” the reality star explained.
“Remember, if someone has a problem with the way you look, that’s an issue with THEIR mentality, not YOUR body,” she concluded the lengthy post.
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I went to a red carpet event without shaving my legs!! This may sound really dumb, but it was a big deal for me. I’ve finally gotten to the point where I feel (almost) totally comfortable like this. I stopped shaving my legs and armpits about a year ago as a practice of self-love. I grew up HATING the hair on my body. I was teased for it, snuck my mom’s razor at age 9, and would pray that god would remove my hair from the neck down. I would panic every time I got invited to go swimming and hadn’t shaved. When I got pregnant, I decided to work to overcome this insecurity. It’s not about “not believing in shaving”, it’s about believing I AM BEAUTIFUL, ATTRACTIVE AND “FEMININE” NO MATTER WHERE I HAVE HAIR ON MY BODY. It’s about showing girls you don’t have to listen when society tells you your natural features are ugly or gross. It has taken months to get used to it. The horrible online comments don’t help. But I’m getting there. Remember, if someone has a problem with the way you look, that’s an issue with THEIR mentality, not YOUR body.
Singer Halsey graced the cover of Rolling Stone in June with a natural look, and other names like Miley Cyrus (who dyed hers pink), Amandla Stenberg, Madonna (and her daughter Lourdes), Paris Jackson, Lisa Bonet, Bella Thorne and Lady Gaga (hers was bright blue!) have unapologetically not shaved their underarms.