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.

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’

Long hair…… Don't Care!!!!!! #artforfreedom #rebelheart #revolutionoflove

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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.

Julia Roberts armpit hair

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’.

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