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.
Unfortunately we live in a world where it's still seen as taboo for women to be anything other than hairless. But when New Jersey native and singer Halsey appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone with the slightest hint of underarm stubble this month, she was lauded by women celebrities across industries.
Thankfully some razor companies have figured out the progressive way to address body hair removal — by actually showing women with body hair. When brands use models who rock hairy pits, legs, bikini lines, brows, etc., or popular figures show their own hairy bodies, it's one way for women to feel normal and empowered in their own appearances.
These celebrities throughout the ages flaunt their natural looks unabashedly.
Former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland also gave a sneak peek at her armpit hair on the red carpet.
Posing for photos at the 2008 InStyle Best Beauty Buys Awards, the singer showed off her unshaven underarms in a sequined halter dress that is so early-2000s it's unreal. The actor, singer, and entrepreneur has never made a big deal about being one of the few celebrities to keep her body hair, and that might be the best part. Rowland became an activist for empowering girls to love and accept their own hair (from their head) in a campaign with Dove.
When Miley Cyrus was going through her wild hippie phase, she, too, chose to put down the razor for a while.
The former Disney star shocked fans everywhere when she chopped off her signature long wavy brown locks and opted for a platinum blonde look. She also released an album that was a distinct departure from her Disney days. Once again, in 2015 with the help of space rock group The Flaming Lips, Cyrus redefined her image towards something more like the hippie Cyrus fans will remember from her Dead Petz era. The star outwardly showed off her body hair and even dyed it different colors too. Now she switches it up and alternates between shaving and letting her pit hair grow.
Italian actor Sophia Loren pushed back against societal standards of beauty in Europe well before keeping armpit hair was trendy.
During the Golden Age of Hollywood, Loren was making feminist waves by proudly baring her underarm hair. The actor was one of the first to proudly show off her armpit hair in photoshoots and paved the way for women to come. She proved that hair clearly doesn't make a women any less feminine or elegant, as this photo is the epitome of class.
Julia Roberts made headlines without really meaning to at the 1999 premiere of Notting Hill.
Julia Roberts was at possibly the peak of her fame after starring in '90s classics like Steel Magnolias, Pretty Woman, and Mystic Pizza during the premiere of Notting Hill. Roberts wore a short-sleeved Vivienne Tam dress and shocked fans everywhere by revealing unshaven armpits. Years later on Busy Phillips' late night show, the actor revealed the motive behind attending the premiere au naturale.
"I think I just hadn't 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."
Another '90s icon that kept body hair real from a young age — Drew Barrymore.
Throughout the '90s and early '00s, Barrymore was rising to fame with roles in various romantic comedies and as one of Charlie's Angels. The (at the time) 30-year-old was also keeping it real with her desire to keep her body hair growing. In 2005 the actor posed with designer Marc Jacobs at Olympus Fashion Week, and rocked bright purple eye shadow, a slinky black dress, and natural underarms.