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.
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Usually, the traditionally beautiful women we see in adverts and media are smooth all over, so seeing these types of women with hairy armpits still feels a little surprising. Some agreed, some recommended friends. Soon, as his project picked up steam, women began approaching Ben to get involved.
Female body hair is an odd thing. Body hair helps regulate temperature — and while humans have been getting progressively less hairy throughout our evolution it does still serve a purpose. On the other hand, a woman with hairy legs and armpits tends to evoke the kind of panic and chaos usually reserved for natural disasters and family reunions. People run screaming in the streets, as if she were King Kong looking for the nearest tall building to climb.
But more and more women are ditching the razors when it comes to their armpits, in favour of going au naturel. Model Gigi Hadid was the latest celeb to jump on the hairy armpit bandwagonshowing off her fuzz in a shoot for the Love Advent Calendar. Comedian and feminist writer Kate Smurthwaite is a staunch advocate of embracing the natural look.
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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.
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. I had allowed my armpit hair to grow out naturally — that is hair growing in a place where literally every adult person on planet earth grows hair.