Celebrities show off underarm hair and this is becoming a sort of a mainstream statement right now. It all began when teen idol Miley Cyrus died her underam hair pink and instagramed it for the whole world to see. Actually, it all began in the 1990s, when Julia Roberts first appeared at a red carpet event and flaunted her hairy arm pits in a sparkly red evening dress.
Everybody was shocked and she stated that it was her manifest to show that women can be beautiful outside of socially accepted norms that are imposed by advertising and patriarchal views on life. Women are free to express themselves visually anyway they want and new standards of beauty should be taken into account.
Pop Queen Madonna was another promoter of the “raw” look, and she claimed that it was an artistic statement as well, hash tagging it #revolution of love and #art for freedom. Jemima Kirke from HBO’s very popular series “Girls” is just as quirky and original in real life as her character is. She attended the Council of Fashion Designers of America Gala in June showing off her very “naturel” look, that seemed to embody the spirit of punk meets indie.
It seems that women everywhere are ceasing to comply with society’s standards and want to escape the pressure that is imposed on them to look perfect. Or, better said, they are trying to redefine “perfect”. Xiao Meili, a famous Chinese blogger even started an “Armpit Hair Competition” as a form of protest on her blog, and the competition became extremely popular, receiving millions of hits. The winners received prizes such as condoms and dildos, other subversive objects.
Xiao believes that all the campaigns that are advertising female hair removal such as cremes or even laser operations are absolutely ridiculous and this should stop. For the generation of women that her mother was a part of, these sort of things didn’t even matter. Women everywhere should have the right to look however they want to and mainstream society should accept it. Punk feminist groups have been advocating this for years and it seems that now they finally succeeded.
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