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. These female celebs don't shave their armpits, whether they're making a statement about beauty standards for women or simply feel more comfortable unshaven.
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On social media and red carpets, from New York to China, hairy underarms are having a mainstream moment. At first, it was just for fun. Then the extra hair was met by cringes from her 5-year-old daughter and 9-year-old niece. Women are proudly showing off their growth on Instagram and YouTube, and it's not just Miley Cyrus anymore. Jemima Kirke of "Girls" flashed her fair-colored au naturel look -- earning some cringes -- at the June 1 CFDA awards, one of the top fashion events of the year. On Sina Weibo, a popular microblogging site in China, the women's rights activist known as Xiao Meili held an "Armpit Hair Competition," complete with prizes that included condoms and a vibrator, to protest societal pressure on women to shave under there. Love it or hate it, not shaving under the arms has morphed into a call to action for other women as well who are looking to be free of the constraint or choose for themselves without ridicule.
Are hairy armpits and a bit of loose flesh really so bad?
Letting it all hang out When Julia Roberts flashed under-arm hair at a film premiere there was uproar. But one woman, at least, wants to overturn prejudices and has taken a New Year's resolution not to shave. Shazia Mirza is a self-confessed "hairy woman". In fact, she is so hairy, she describes herself as "trapped in a man's body". Until recently, though, few others would have known.
During Mardi Gras, conventional rules of behavior are thrown out the parade float. In early middle school, when the peach fuzz under my arm first turned to kiwi fluff, I gleefully, and sometimes painfully, removed it, feeling one step closer to initiation into the woman club. A year ago, as I let my hair grow fully for the first time ever, I was fascinated.