For such a long time, beauty standards have left women feeling pressured into removing their body hair. Luckily, things are changing in the world of beauty, and celebrities, social media stars, and regular folks like you and I are beginning to embrace the fuzz.
According to a recent study, around one in four young women have stopped shaving their underarms. And that will figure will most likely increase as Hollywood stars continue to proudly sport their armpit hair and fuzzy legs.
Embracing body hair as a woman isn’t exactly new, though. Julia Roberts, Madonna, and Sophia Loren paved the way for body hair acceptance. And now it’s FINALLY rubbing off!
To give you some inspo, here are five iconic times celebs embraced body hair.
#1: Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts was one of the first celebrities to flash armpit hair on the red carpet for the Notting Hill Premiere in 1999. It was an iconic moment the actress could never have imagined.
"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," Roberts said in an interview. "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."
Bad Gal RiRi never fails to astound us with her nonchalant attitude. The Fenty CEO left us feel empowered and inspired when she posted a selfie featuring a peak of her leg hair. Naturally, that Instagram post got A LOT of love, with followers flooding the comments with appraise for the star. Her hair, her choice, right? That should be the motto we all embrace! Because nobody should decide what you do with your body hair for you.
#3: Miley Cyrus
Haters are gonna hate, but does Miley Cyrus care? Not at all! She’s long been an embracer of body hair, regularly posting pics of her underarms and pubic hair dyed different colors. She’s even performed on the stage rocking her fuzz. Frankly, we can’t get enough of this body positivity we’re seeing from the star! And we hope more celebs follow suit.
#4: Bella Thorne
Another body hair embracer we’re digging: Bella Thorne. The actress is definitely NOT shy about her body hair. In fact, she even wrote an essay about it, which was published on InStyle.
"Whether I'm a tomboy or a rebel, I'm comfortable with [my body hair], so why shouldn't you be? If you really want my legs and armpits shaved so badly, you can do it yourself," Thorne wrote. "I see myself and other girls get hate for having body hair. God forbid I'm not all waxed and oiled up AT ALL TIMES."
An ‘80s rule breaker, leave it to Madge to be an early embracer of body hair. As far back as 1984, Madonna was letting her underarm fuzz show — because frankly, she didn’t give a darn what anyone thought.
And there are Many, Many More...
It doesn’t just stop there. Over the years, everyone from Ashley Graham to Paris Jackson, Amandla Stenberg, and Scout Willis have all proven that rocking body hair is nothing to feel bad about. They’re beginning to normalize it — and that’s a huge advancement in the world of beauty. We’re even now seeing body hair on the covers of Vogue, Glamour, and Harper’s Bazaar.
But that doesn’t you need to feel pressured into embracing your fuzz, either. If you prefer a smooth, hair-free body, you can take the Kardashian approach and get it lasered off, or just stick with your regular hair removal method.
From creams to serums, here are some of the best beauty products you can shop to keep your underarm, leg, or bikini fuzz smooth, silky, and shiny.
Moon Rocks Body Scrub
A sugar based scrub to buff away dead skin and odors, and leave your skin feeling supremely smooth. Formulated with moisturizing blue tansy and brightening lavender to glow up your skin. Use 2x a week to keep your skin bright, smoothing, and fresh.
Jelly Booster Pigment Treatment
If you’ve only just started embracing your underarm or leg hair, you might have some discoloration left behind from shaving. Diminish dark spots, scarring, and discoloration with this correcting serum formulated with pomegranate and vitamin B12. It’ll help keep the area bright, clear, and smooth!
Unicorn Fruit Deodorant
Keep your pits smelling fresh all day with this cotton candy scented, aluminum-free deodorant. It also boasts smoothing and brightening effects thanks to Bacuri butter, papaya enzymes + symwhite 377. Plus, it won’t leave behind pit stains. Suitable for all skin types — including the most sensitive skin.
Quell inflammation and redness with this silky, lightweight antimicrobial oil. It’s made with lavender, jojoba oil, and tea tree to gently soothe irritation, clear pores and soften the hair and skin. Use anywhere on the body for grease-free hydration.
Coco Cloud Moisturizer
Hydrate your fuzzy parts with this moisturizing formula enriched with hydrating coconut milk, soothing vanilla, and smoothing shea butter. Besides leaving your skin feeling dreamy smooth, this moisturizer will leave your skin smelling like a tropical dream.
Whether you’ve got thick, long hair on your body or light, wispy strands, you can choose to either embrace it or remove it. Supermodels, Hollywood stars, and singers are all embracing body hair and empowering the masses by showing off their fuzz. With the likes of Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Bella Thorne leading the way in body positivity, we can’t help but feel inspired to rock the fuzz too.
Body hair is a personal choice. Whether you choose to keep it or remove it, it’s 100% your choice. Share the self-love beauty babes!