Hairy Armpits and Natural Beauty.

Hairy Armpits and Natural Beauty.


The other day I read this article on Cosmopolitan’s site, it’s about artist Ben Hopper’s latest exhibition entitled Natural Beauty. The exhibition features eight portraits of beautiful women looking seductively at the camera whilst showing off their armpit hair. Challenging the ideals of the beauty industry, it raises the question on why it’s deemed that body hair is unsexy. Armpit hair isn’t really something we consciously think of or really talk about – If I mention ‘Pitts’ I reckon most people will instantly think of the Brangelina kind, rather than the unwanted fuzz growing under your arms.

This interested me because why should images of women with body hair be so shocking? Why is armpit hair seen as unsexy? Or any body hair for that matter. It is natural after all!

Hopper comments on his original intended message for these images – he said: “It started as a joke about contemporary art and how a lot of artists create a body of repetitive work only to be treated seriously by overwhelmed audiences. “I thought photographing a lot of really beautiful women with armpit hair would make a similar effect.”

I think it’s quite sad that as a culture we are conditioned to believe that women must have no body hair at all to be considered attractive. Even though I know most people will say that hairless is their preference, the Facebook replies to this post still shocked me –

facebook comments

I prefer shaved pits on myself, it’s just more comfortable, but each to their own. If a woman wants to have armpit hair then I won’t judge, just as I wouldn’t judge a man for shaving his pits or legs, it’s all personal preference. The fact is BODY HAIR IS NATURAL, it’s normal – but people see it as ‘disgusting’ and unsavoury. Kenny Cook comments very eloquently above – ‘Shave under arms bitch your not a man’.

I find these strong reactions quite shocking, it’s just a bit of armpit hair for God’s sake, chill out! Also this is art – some of the models grew the hair for the project, and some (though it doesn’t say specifically) may have had the hair anyway. Who cares!? If a woman wants to have armpit hair surely that’s her choice?? I think these women are beautiful just as they are.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this? xxx





  1. Lucy
    21 April, 2014 / 9:46 am

    This is such an interesting topic yet quite sad really that society deems it disgusting. Personally I’m not a fan of hair but the idea that humans in our natural form are not good enough is very sad!
    But a very intriguing art exhibition! Wonderful post Michelle!

    Lucy x

  2. kirsty thompson (@_kirstyyxo)
    21 April, 2014 / 10:10 am

    So interesting! The other week I was on the bus and a lady came on, hairy legs and armpits! The amount of stares she got was unbelievable x

  3. 21 April, 2014 / 10:13 am

    I will never understand why some people get offended over other people’s choices over what they do with their own body. Those Facebook comments were absolutely ridiculous and the only ‘gross’ part of the exhibition.
    Wonderful post, and I think you have a really lovely outlook on things.

  4. Glitterbomb (@glitterb0mb)
    21 April, 2014 / 10:59 am

    I personally do not find this attractive but I would not slag a woman who chooses to go au naturale! People can do as they please with their own bodies 🙂


  5. 21 April, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    I know that my husband would be like “gross” but honestly, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. I hope that as my daughter grows up, she will realize that she doesn’t have to conform to society’s standards of beauty; as well I hope that my son realizes that he doesn’t either.

  6. Rosie (@EatReadGlam)
    21 April, 2014 / 3:56 pm

    This is a really interesting topic; on a man armpit hair is normal and perhaps we might find it weird if a man shaves his armpits yet women are conditioned and expected to shave. I say each to their own, what does it matter to anyone else what someone else looks like or decides to or not to shave?

    Rosie x

  7. CoolAllure
    22 April, 2014 / 8:01 pm

    Yes , I agree, I find the natural look not so offensive, but people are evil.

  8. touchscreensbeautyqueens
    23 April, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    Personally, I associate armpit hair with poor hygiene as I think it’s hard to keep hair clean and sweat free! I don’t think it is unattractive though, and I do think it’s good that people challenge the Western notion of attractiveness as it’s so so restricting!

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