There is a new trend this summer; some women are proudly letting their long and bushy underarm hair grow out. Both Miley Cyrus and Madonna have been showing off their underarm hair by posting pictures on social media sites like Instagram and Youtube. It is not just celebrities. Many more women around the world are embracing this new growing trend.
In 2015, we have seen everything from natural nails to nude lipsticks, but very few people expected this new trend. Long underarm hair is not something new. Throughout history this trend always reemerges. Madonna was the first celebrity as of late to embrace this new trend by showing off her underarm hair on Instagram last March. She wrote “Long hair…… Don’t Care!!!!!! #artforfreedom #rebelheart #revolutionoflove.” She is not the first celebrity to show off her natural look. To be fair, Julia Roberts flashed her underarm hair way back in 1999. In the 2011 Music Awards, Lady Gaga put turquoise wigs under arms to match her clothing. Beyonce and Britney Spears have also been seen with unshaven underarm hair.
Having hairy underarms became a big deal in the 1920s because of the change in fashion. There was a push that women could be more fashionable only if they didn’t have hair under their arms. A whole new industry was born. Hair free underarms soon became the new normal.
In the last couple years, many celebrities have been caught with unshaven underarms and suffered unfair embarrassment in the media, but now there is a big push by women for more acceptance. In China, Xiao Meili started an underarm hair competition for women to submit photos on the Chinese social network Weibo. She told CNN “You can choose to shave it, but you shouldn’t be forced to do so under the pressure of stereotypes. I love my armpit hair. It’s part of my body. I hope girls can show off their armpit hair without fear.”
In 2015, Miley Cyrus has picked up on the trend and has taken several selfies with her underarm hair even appearing to lick it. She had to make everyone notice it by dyeing it bright shocking pink. She said, “It’s Friday and I have pink pits’. Being Miley Cyrus, she decided dye her pubic hair as well.
Not being afraid to show off her natural state, “Girls” star Jemima Kirke attended the CFDA Fashion Award with a natural look. Her look caused a huge fuss on social media to which she responded that she is bored with the armpit talk. She tweeted “It’s just my own personal preference. That being said please can we stop talking about pits?” Along with her tweet she posted a picture of Sophia Loren, who was famous for showing off her underarm hair. Now Girls co star Lena Dunham appears to joining the movement making it part of her summer to do list.
Many women feel that it is their decision whether to remove hair or not and the choice shouldn’t be forced on them by society. Some believe what is considered beautiful is a standard set by men. With the help of social media, this conversation has been brought into the spotlight. It’s amazing something as simple as underarm hair can evoke so much of debate when to many women it is just hair.
It’s perfectly fine if you are not convinced this is the hottest new trend. Some people like to remove underarm hair because it makes them feel cleaner and hygienic.
You can still shave your hair with a Gillete Venue Embrace Razor or wax your underarms with Veet wax strips. For longer term results, you can even invest in an epilator. See which one is the top epilator with our epilator ratings. Because facial epilators have a smaller surface area, some women like to use one to epilate the underarms. For best results, see how to epilate the underarms here.
Whichever way you go, there is no reason to feel embarrassed. It’s your body and choice.
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