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Emily Ratajkowski Open Up About Why She Chose To Grow Out Her Armpit Hair!

Emily Ratajkowski Open Up About Why She Chose To Grow Out Her Armpit Hair!

Model Emily Ratajkowski features on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar sporting underarm hair while posing in a black lace bra.

The 28 year old model penned an essay about her choice of growing out her arm pit hair in a bid to help feminism and let women know they are free to do whatever they want with their bodies- whether that includes growing out their body hair or not.

“If I decide to shave my armpits or grow them out, that’s up to me,” Ratajkowski wrote. “For me, body hair is another opportunity for women to exercise their ability to choose—a choice based on how they want to feel and their associations with having or not having body hair. On any given day, I tend to like to shave, but sometimes letting my body hair grow out is what makes me feel sexy.”

“And there is no right answer, no choice that makes me more or less of a feminist, or even a ‘bad feminist,’ to borrow from [writer] Roxane Gay,” she continued. “As long as the decision is my choice, then it’s the right choice. Ultimately, the identity and sexuality of an individual is up to them and no one else.”

Ratajkowski spoke about the battle women face when they decide to showcase their sexuality. How people feel threatened when a woman shows off her body or dares to admit to enjoying sex. It’s a double standard that unfortunately still exists and Ratajkowski is doing her part to help break that stereotype.

“As a culture we are scared of women generally, but also, more specifically, of the innate power that female sexuality possesses,” she wrote. “A woman becomes too powerful and thus threatening when she takes strength from embracing her sex. Therefore we insist on shaming; we insist that a woman loses something when she flaunts or embraces her sexuality.”


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The photo which was posted on Instagram, had most of her fans supporting her while others questioned whether or not her armpit hair was real.

“I think they have been editing this photo to make it look like you have more hair.” Another said, “just look how perfect the hair is under the arm…give me a break.”

Ratajkowski is used to be questioned on her decisions and this isn’t the first time the model  has spoken on the topic.

In 2016, she was quoted in a WWD article saying, “I’m not wearing the makeup to please men, I’m wearing it to please myself. I also am not growing out my armpit hair in protest of patriarchy. I wear a bra. Those are things that I don’t feel I need to reject to make a statement about my sexuality.”

The supermodel is all about empowering women and letting them know it’s okay to represent themselves in however they see fit.

The caption she wrote on Instagram read, “Give women the opportunity to be whatever they want and as multifaceted as they can be.”

Hell yes! We fully agree. Don’t you?


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Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal is a writer and blogger who loves nothing more than watching back to back episodes of crime shows. Should she ever find herself needing to cover up a crime, she'll know exactly what to do! Her dream is to one day live in Palm Springs where she can do her writing poolside while drinking endless gin and tonics. Mum to the cutest twin boys in the world, she loves nothing more than the sound of their laughter (usually heard when they're conspiring against her). Entertainment writer and pop culture junkie, she will be bringing you all the celebrity gossip and news that your brain can handle. You can follow her blog at and on Instagram at Chrystalovevintage

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