This season, the newest summer trend has nothing to do with bikinis or diet plans; the coolest women on the Cape Charles beach will be focusing instead on how lengthy and colorful their armpit hair can get. Way back when I was in college, I remember many of my friends trying to emulate Patti Smith, with dirty white tank tops and tufts of armpit hair…very cool, sexy and punk then, but fast forward to 2016, and around the world, women are again challenging the norm and embracing their natural underarm hair. The Mirror became aware of the trend’s velocity via photos of Madonna and Beyonce in NYTs Cut, and from of photographer Ben Hopper’s ‘Natural Beauty’ project.
Some of the reasons woman are giving for growing ‘it’ out range from feminist ideology to just plain loving the natural look, feel and convenience of unshaved pits – and just being sexy.And it’s not just in America. In China, feminist Xiao Meili started an armpit hair competition on the microblogging site Weibo where woman could submit their photos.
“Women should have the right to decide how to deal with their bodies, including small details like armpit hair,” said Xiao in a CNN report. “You can choose to shave it, but you shouldn’t be forced to do so under the pressure of stereotypes.”