Julia Michaels meant it when she mentioned she did not wish to shave her armpits ever once more. The singer and prolific songwriter lately launched the mod music video for her newest single, “Lie Like This,” and shortly thereafter, followers and commenters started applauding Michaels for her seen underarm hair, and thereby, her normalization of physique hair usually.
“If it isn’t presupposed to be there, why can we develop it?”
For context, Michaels tweeted that she was going to stop shaving her armpits again in Might: “Truthfully, I am not shaving my armpits ever once more. I do not know why I ever did earlier than. Social norms can eat an eggplant.” (By the best way, “social norms can eat an eggplant” is our new favourite expression.) The refreshing declaration obtained a number of supportive replies, main to varied exchanges with followers. In a single alternate, Michaels noted, “If it isn’t presupposed to be there, why can we develop it?”
I do acknowledge the irony in praising Michaels for normalizing underarm hair, whereas additionally writing about it and, nicely, purposefully calling it out. If it is so regular, then why even touch upon it? The reality is, nonetheless, that although Michaels is amongst many younger stars and pop performers who’ve chosen to proudly show their underarm hair, together with Halsey and Paris Jackson, it does nonetheless really feel like a rarity, notably in such a fastidiously curated house, like a music video.
This is hoping that in the future that underarm hair will probably be nothing price noting — a day I do suppose is close to — however within the meantime, I am going to proceed providing reward the place it is due.