10 Female Celebs Who've Embraced The Magic Of Natural Armpit Hair
Let it grow, let it grooow
There’s no faff in life greater than the faff of removing body hair. Yes it can feel great to slide your legs together like some kind of slippery, squeaky smooth dolphin, but it doesn’t make it any less of a palarva to ditch the fuzz.
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Whether it’s your legs, your pubes, your armpits or your tash, it's a fact of life that women DO have body hair. It’s pretty useful stuff - it gives you an extra layer of warmth in the winter, it’s there to protect you from bacterias, and it’s also silky soft.
But while your body is trying to live its best life, that pesky society is out there trying its best to tear it down with an onslaught of beauty standards with the apparent rule that all women must be 100 per cent WAXED.
But nuh uh, honey. It’s totally your call to decide how much or how little body hair to keep or take away. Almost one in four young women have stopped shaving their armpits according to recent research.
In 2013, 95 per cent of women aged 160-24 said they removed their armpit hair, while in 2016 it was just 77 per cent bothering to shave.
So if you’re thinking of embracing the natural look for a while, take some inspo from this lovely bunch of celebs who’ve all embraced the magic of armpit hair.
1. Julia Roberts
There’s probably no one more beautiful than 90s Julia Roberts rocking up on the Notting Hill premiere red carpet - complete with full on arm pit hair.
If Hugh Grant didn’t have a problem with it, then no one else should.
When you’ve grown up with actual Madonna as your mum, we’re assuming that your feminism is pretty on point.
So it’s no wonder that daughter Lourdes is showing off the body hair and ditching the expected beauty standards for women. YAS.
3. Miley Cyrus
Miley’s style transformation over the years has brought some errr… interesting moments (no one mention the tongue), but her embracing of the body hair was all kinds of brilliant.
She even dyed it baby pink once, and if that doesn’t match your aesthetic then we don’t know what will.
4. Bella Thorne
We all know by now that you can rely on Bella Thorne to raise a few eyebrows, and if you’re looking for someone to wear heart shaped nipple pasties, a see-through body suit and add glitter to her armpit hair, she’s your gal.
The licking part is optional, though. Maybe shower first.
5. Jemima Kirke
In typical IDGAF fashion, Jemima responded to criticism over her hairy pits with one simple retweet that said: "@jemimakirke doesn't shave her armpits for the CFDA Awards???
"Wtf??? Almost like she's a woman that decides what happens to her own body???” the sassy tweet said.
6. Michelle Rodriguez
If a Fast and Furious star says something’s badass then that thing is officially badass, so who needs such a thing as razors anymore?
Michelle is forever taking armpit-friendly photos in bikinis, vest tops and sleeveless dresses, so clearly doesn't give a hoot what anybody thinks of her choices.
7. Drew Barrymore
Celebs don’t come much more Cool Girl Chic ready than Drew Barrymore, and she’s stepped out numerous times over the years with body hair proudly on show without a second thought.
Honestly, we're starting to wonder why we ever wasted time and money on shaving, waxing or Veet-ing tbh.
8. Britney Spears
LOOK, OKAY. Even Britney bloody Spears can’t be arsed to get rid of her armpit hair, and if you’re gonna listen to anyone in life then it should probably be her.
Always ask yourself What Would Britney Spears Do?, because the answer is nearly always smash the patriarchy.
Hairy armpits are a thing in the Madonna household, as not only does Lourdes flaunt the natural look, but so does Madge herself.
Just like a HAIR, she’ll take you there.
10. Paris Jackson
And last but not least, extremely beautiful, always stylish, boho babe, child of the King Of Pop, Paris Jackson doesn't bother to shave her armpits either, and she's totally fine with it.
If all of this lot can take on the red carpet and the world's paparazzi sans hair removal, then you can totally join 'em if you feel like it. It's YOUR CHOICE.
Words by Lucy Wood