Body Hair, Don't Care! Stars Who Aren't Shy About Showing Off Their Underarm and Leg Hair
More stars than ever before have been skipping body hair grooming for a natural look
After opening up about embracing her body — hair and all — in 2019, the former Bachelor contestant and mom spoke on the topic again in 2020, saying she wants to create a space for her daughter to grow up feeling like she can embrace her body hair in the same way.
Martinez posted a new photo with toddler daughter Ruthie Ray on Instagram in May 2020 that showed her own unshaven legs and explained why she chooses to keep posting photos of it.
"My daughter (and every other person for that matter) deserves to live in a world where they can exist in their natural body without feeling disgusting," she wrote alongside the snap.
"My family will not be a family that passes down shame about weight, body hair, breast size, acne, height, or any of the other millions of things we’re taught are 'unattractive'. At the same time I will never tell my children they can’t change their appearance. I can only help them navigate and process why they want to, as I have done for myself."
Getting candid about life as a new mom and postpartum recovery, the model shared an empowering photo of her body a few weeks after welcoming her first child Isaac Menelik Giovanni Ervin with husband Justin Ervin. In a black tank and grey disposable underwear, Graham snapped a bathroom selfie with her arm raised — also flaunting her grown-out armpit hair.
“Raise your hand if you didn’t know you’d be changing your own diapers too,” she wrote on Instagram. “No one talks about the recovery and healing (yes even the messy parts) new moms go through. It’s been tough.”
In a personal essay for Harper's Bazaar in August 2019, the model posed with unshaven armpits and opened up about her femininity.
“If I decide to shave my armpits or grow them out, that’s up to me,” she wrote. “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.”
“There is no right answer, no choice that makes me more or less of a feminist, or even a ‘bad feminist,'” she continued, quoting author Roxane Gay. “Ultimately, the identity and sexuality of an individual is up to them and no one else.”
The singer posed for the July 2019 cover of Rolling Stone, and fans were quick to call her out in the comments for her unshaven underarms. However, pal Demi Lovato came to her defense, writing, “There so much yes about this picture idk where to start 🙌🏼”
Lourdes made headlines in November 2018 for wearing a gauzy white mini dress that showed off her unshaven legs when she arrived at the swanky CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund event. Her sheer white dress also exposed her right breast under a sheer panel.
Previously, Lourdes made an unexpected catwalk appearance on the Gypsy Sport runway in September 2018 wearing a very risqué outfit that exposed her unshaven legs. She modeled seashell pasties with several seashell-adorned body chains, high-waisted underwear which peeked out above her low-rise tattered jeans that showed off most of her leg hair.
Lourdes' mom, Madonna, was one of the early celebs who ditched the razor. In 2014 she shared a selfie of her unshaven armpit writing, "Long hair…… Don’t Care!!!!!!"
"I saw how popular girls had to behave to get the boys. I knew I couldn’t fit into that," Madonna told Harper’s Bazaar in 2011. "So I decided to do the opposite. I refused to wear makeup, to have a hairstyle. I refused to shave. I had hairy armpits."
And Lourdes follows in her mother's footsteps when it comes to underarm care! Madonna shared a pic with Lourdes on New Year’s Eve in 2017 where the then-21-year-old showed off her hairy underarms.
"The picture is vivid in my mind actually from that moment," Roberts said. "I think 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."
In August 2017, Michael Jackson's daughter proudly showed off her long leg hair on Instagram writing, "if you're not competing with your brother over who can grow longer leg hair wyed [what are you even doing]."
She was called out by critics who shamed her for not shaving, but it didn't bother Paris. "People are really mad. I wish I could post some of these responses," she said when she addressed the haters on her Instagram Story.
"You can just tell how angry and infuriated these people are… I love hair, and sweat, and BO. I f—— love it, I think it’s great. Some people think that it’s like super disgusting, especially on girls, but every human body does it. It’s natural. Get over it."
And to put her body hair shamers in their place, she followed up her leg hair Instagram with a selfie showing off her unshaven underarms in September 2017.
Miley sent the Internet wild in 2015 when she revealed her grown-out underarm hair on Instagram. Then she followed-up on the excitement by documenting the process of dyeing her pit hair a few weeks later.
She and hair colorist Justin Anderson had a "pit party" where they documented the bleaching process and showed off the final result — vibrant pink armpit hair on Instagram.
The Hate U Give star proudly showed off unshaved armpit hair on the red carpet at the movie's European premiere posing in a plunging, backless Valentino gown. In an Instagram post, Stenberg pointed out the hair writing, "#drama #armpit."
The non-binary actor opened up in 2017 about being bisexual and not confirming to social constructs. "[I want to] show people who follow what I’m doing that you don’t really have to conform to those constructs in order to be valid or be worth something," Stenberg told PEOPLE. "It’s been such a blessing to watch people who care about what I have to say feel more comfortable in their identities because they see I’m out here doing my thing."
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The founder of the style website Manrepeller, was trolled by social media commenters in July 2018 after she shared a snap of her unshaven legs while showing off her Manolo Blahnik mules and Aurelie Bidermann ankle bracelets.
She responded with a post of clean-shaven legs writing that she didn't intend on making a statement, instead, she was just feeling lazy. "Tbh, I prefer being shaven but often prioritize other things over it."
She went on to encourage her fans to be more considerate to those who embrace their body hair. "Disagreement on an expression does not have to necessitate polarity though recently it seems like it does but I feel pretty strongly that we can be respectful in our differing opinions and still exist within the same feed — comment thread, even."