Is Armpit Hair The Next Big Thing?

ArtBeauty 5 Comments

A few weeks ago, Madonna created waves by posting a picture of her lengthy armpit hair on Instagram, not as a statement of natural beauty, but rather an awareness stunt for her Art for Freedom global initiative that encourages creative expression.

madonnaBut, the image didn’t go unnoticed by feminists cheering the 55-year old on, or by the “beauty police” who ripped her apart for the fuzz, and for her makeup application. Whatever Madonna’s reason for exposing her pits, without a doubt, armpit hair has become a statement.

The pop star isn’t the only one showing their bushy pits. Images of Sophia Loren from the 1960’s have been making the rounds online, and London photographer Ben Hopper recently released his personal project Natural Beauty, an ongoing series featuring beautiful women proudly showing off their underarm hair.

Ben considers his project to be a type of protest, “For almost a century we have been brainwashed by the beauty industry, encouraging hair removal. By creating a contrast between common ‘fashionable’ female beauty and the raw unconventional look of female armpit hair, thoughts are intrigued and a discussion is made,” he explains.

No matter your preference, it comes down to personal CHOICE, something we can all agree on… at least we hope so. As Adina Menzel may say… “Let it grow, let it grow.”




Images © 2007-2014 Ben Hopper

  • JoJo

    I don’t think I am ready for armpit hair! C’mon, shaving is not that big a deal. And we look so much cleaner.

    • mellow

      Shave if you want, but let people who are sick of making that just because people are moron. It’s not unhygienic and nobody for god sake!

  • Dejuitsi


    Also, how come the discussion of smell never comes up with this topic?

    Hair = increased smell.

    So if there is an actual function to manicuring your underarm hair doesn’t that mean it’s less vain than focusing on the hair on your head for visual reasons?

    It’s not much of a protest when you’re head hair is stylized, makeup is on and your eyebrows are highly shaped.

    • Madame Mildew

      I haven’t shaved my armpits for 30 years, and I’ve NEVER had a problem with any smell. It’s called “deodorant”, which is something that even those that shave use.
      By the way, no one ever tells MEN they should shave because hairy armpits are smelly (and most men I’ve known don’t have problems with smell either.)

  • chop

    It’s about time! yes!
    Everyone complain about hair increasing smell but
    1) it’s not true ( for real )
    2) Men don’t shave and strangely nobody bat an eye about that. And don’t say things like “yeah but men can stink” or whatever dumb statement