The debate around armpit hair is back and this time it is Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes Leon sparking it off. In an Instagram post on New Year’s Eve, she shows armpit hair in a family photo captioned, “We are Ready For You 2018!”
Her mother, Madonna, has pushed the envelope on a pop star’s image, and subversively redefined sexy through her various looks down the years and so it comes as no surprise that Lourdes too would challenge preconceived notions of acceptable femininity and body hair.
Naturally, among Madonna’s 10.6 million Instagram followers, there were polarised reactions.
Is it possible to un-see a picture ?
— Abe Froman, Sausage King Of Chicago (@SausageKing48) January 1, 2018
FOR A BETTER AND HAIRY 2018!!!!
— 𝓢𝔲𝔭𝔢𝔯𝔳𝔦𝔵𝔢𝔫 (@SmackMyBeetchUp) January 1, 2018
Thanks Lourdes for throwing up a middle finger to societal norms for female beauty and sexuality – A rare trait for your generation.. You've inherited your Mother's genes… 😊 #LourdesLeon
— Jungle Jim (@JungleJimTW) January 1, 2018
She has been raised and exposed to many cultures. In many countries/cultures they do no shave. Do not judge..
— Amie (@maefafer) January 1, 2018
Happy new year 💙 gorgeous mother and daughter love it 😍 if someone doesn't like lola they should stfu she can do whatever she likes
— Madonna's pink Autobiopic (@Madonna_Kalli) January 2, 2018
Hairy New Year. I meant Happy New Year! pic.twitter.com/o5TGh3iilz
— Marcelino Penenori (@MPenenori) January 1, 2018
In 2014, Madonna shared a picture of herself posing in a bra while showing off her unshaved underarm hair captioning: ‘Long hair…… Don’t Care!!!!!! #artforfreedom #rebelheart#revolutionoflove’
Another instance when underarm hair caught attention was back in 1999, when Julia Roberts appeared in elegant red dress raising her arm to reveal an unshaved underarm at the Notting Hill premiere.
Lady Gaga did the same at the Much Music Video Awards performance in 2011! An Instagram post by The Love Magazine – a video showed Gigi Hadid’s dark hairy armpits.
“I saw how popular girls had to behave to get the boys. I knew I couldn’t fit into that. So I decided to do the opposite. I refused to wear makeup, to have a hairstyle,” she told Harper’s Bazaar in 2011. “I refused to shave. I had hairy armpits.”
The reactions? While many followers described it as ‘disgusting’, ‘yuck’, and “Gross!” others cheered the model for making a statement and praised her for being ‘happy natural and free’.