Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Young women and celebrities are showing off newfound love for their leg and armpit hair. A link has been sent to your friend's email address.
View this post on Instagram Big mood annahstasia. The Nike ad features Nigerian-American singer Annahstasia posing in a Nike sports bra with one arm raised over her head, defiantly displaying her natural armpit hair. And the laissez-faire attitude towards shaving legs, underarms, upper lips and more is in vogue with stars like Amandla Stenberg and Lourdes Leon strutting down red carpets flaunting their natural fur.
Was this a subversive feminist bird-flip against female beauty standards? Her look at the premiere of Notting Hill, beaming in a red sequined Vivienne Tam dress, arm raised to reveal a dark tuft, was immediately celebrated as a subversive feminist bird-flip against female beauty standards. Armpit hair remains a bizarre sticking point for anti-feminists.
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.
Whatever you choose to do with your body hair is totally up to you. Shave it, sugar it, wax it, laser it all off, or rock body hair the way Mother Nature intended. Either way, it's time we end the stigma surrounding women's body hair altogether.
This is much more than a little stubble. There's very much overgrown hair here that probably took a couple weeks to grow out to this length. So which celebrity wasn't trying to hide these unshaven armpits, but rather show them off?
Please refresh the page and retry. Research by analysts Mintel shows that there has been a steady decline in millennial women removing hair from their legs and underarms. In 95 per cent of women aged 16 to 24 said they removed hair from their underarms.
I am usually late to catch on to shifts in the zeitgeist; this one came to my attention just recently. For the past couple of decades, I have seldom shaved my armpits. Now, all of a sudden, I was on-trend.
In recent years, more and more women have ditched their razors, buoyed in part by body-hair-happy celebritiesbeauty brands, and the rest of us alike taking a definitive stance on body hair. Rihanna posted a selfie showcasing her leg hair, while Billie became the first brand to actually show body hair in a razor ad. Whether they're trying to make a statement or just no longer interested in being "perfectly groomed" — or maybe both — it's working. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that is off to a similar start, as women have taken to social media to celebrate Januhairya project that encourages women to grow out and share photos of their body hair for the month of January.