WOMEN
11/24/2014 09:25 am ET Updated Nov 24, 2014

16 Famous Women With Armpit Hair

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Can you remember the first time you were informed you were doing your body wrong? I was 13, lying in the grass in the park with another girl, arms behind my head, eyes closed. She sat up, pointed at my armpits, and frowned. “I’m disappointed in you,” she said, and I immediately went home and, wheezing in panic, shaved for the first time.

This kind of sequence: the spoken and unspoken expectations, the horror and shame of not measuring up — it’s not just a growing-up thing. We all know this. And we know too that when women disobey the rules of bodies — let their roots grow out, go out without makeup, or stop shaving, the world flips out.Can you remember the first time you were informed you were doing your body wrong? I was 13, lying in the grass in the park with another girl, arms behind my head, eyes closed. She sat up, pointed at my armpits, and frowned. “I’m disappointed in you,” she said, and I immediately went home and, wheezing in panic, shaved for the first time.

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