Pixie Lott’s unshaven armpits: a crime of fashion?

Pixie Lott with unshaven armits at the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises

Oh dear.

While we’ve been wondering which of The Dark Knight Rises’ two female stars would win a Star Style War, the writers at our old nemesis, The Daily Mail, have been having conniptions over the sight of Pixie Lott’s unshaven armpits at the movie’s London premiere.

Describing the move as a “grooming faux pas”, the paper provides a zoomed-in version of the image above, which shows Pixie’s regrowth in all its glory…or otherwise, depending on your point of view.

So, what IS your point of view on hairy armpits?

On one hand, you could argue that if you’re going to get all dressed up and attend a movie premiere, you might want to also attend to the underarm hair: for many of us, after all, shaving is simply a part of our grooming regimes, and we’d no more attend an event like this with hairy armpits than we’d attend one without combing our hair (the stuff on our heads, we mean), or brushing our teeth.

On the other hand, however, you could also argue that armpit hair is totally natural, and nothing to be ashamed of. We all have it, after all, and in some cultures it’s considered beautiful and sexy, and not something to be covered up. Why should it matter if someone chooses (or simply forgets) to remove it?

Our opinion? We reckon it all comes down to a matter of personal preference, really, but we’re keen to know what you think: crime of fashion, or innocent of all charges?

[Images: PRPhotos.com]

16 Comments

  • July 19, 2012

    lizvocal

    No big deal to me. I went a couple of years without shaving anything (Women’s Studies program). Once you do that, it is harder to get excited about other people’s hair. My biggest problem with hairy pits is those that are overgrown tend to trap smells. This is why men do not always smell so fresh. 🙂 I also think anyone who has armpit hair of his own, and no intention of shaving it, should not be telling women that their hair is gross. Either it is all gross or none of it is, you don’t get it both ways.

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  • July 19, 2012

    Ginny

    I agree completely with lizvocal. I don’t have any issues with it.

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  • July 19, 2012

    Manon

    Crime crime crime! I don’t like the look or the feel of it. We accept ladies in vests in restaurants, not men, and that might have something to do with body hair (not saying you should wear them, but still). Of course shaving/ waxing is unnatural, but so are shampoo, toothpaste, make-up and heels! Ladies, go for a clean look, we look so much more attractive

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    • July 25, 2012

      Kate

      @Manon: Why are you going around feeling other women’s armpits?

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  • July 20, 2012

    ram

    My girlfriend stopped shaving armpits two moths ago, I’m delighted with it..

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  • July 20, 2012

    Lauren

    No one should have to modify his or her natural body to please other people. I don’t think men should have to shave anything, so I don’t think women should have to either.

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  • July 20, 2012

    Daisy

    I don’t really mind, and I go without waxing my armpits from time to time. (not the legs though, the legs need to be bald!) Then again, it’s not like I’m waving my hands in the air like I just don’t care all the time. And I guess that if I were to attend a rather highprofile event (in my case, for example, a wedding or a company party), I would make the effort to take care of it.

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  • July 20, 2012

    Sarah

    It’s a little surprising that with all the other grooming she must have gone through to prep for this event, she didn’t take care of that grooming tidbit as well! However, she looks so fabulous and I think a little bit of underarm hair is nothing to get too shocked about! There’s barely anything there anyways! I

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  • July 20, 2012

    Moni

    I don’t think it’s that bad.
    While I’m not a fan of unshaven armpits myself (at least not when they are on display), it’s not as if she’s showing a whole shrubbery there. It’s more as if she shaved maybe two days ago, and now there’s a bit of stubble. So what? It’s forgivable in my eyes.

    I do shave my armpits only when I know I will be wearing something sleeveless that day. When it’s winter I don’t shave for weeks, sometimes months. Come on, who is going to see it anyway? And not shaving doesn’t mean you keep yourself clean.
    The same with my legs. I have very few hairs on them in the first place (I have a slight form of keratosis), and those that are, are very fine and light-coloured. You only see them if you look very closely. Once they get too long I shave them off, but we’re talking about once or twice a year here. There’s just no need to do it more often.

    I know several women who never shave their armpits or their legs. I don’t think it’s exactly pretty, but it’s their body, and they don’t harm anyone with that decision, do they?

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  • July 20, 2012

    hana no fei

    yea i agree i don’t see the big deal
    i think is worst when people give to much attention to that kind of things, it’s hair, it will always be there
    but everyone is free to do what they want, to shave or not to shave 😛

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  • July 21, 2012

    Kota

    I have very fine, nearly invisible hair on my legs and not-much-darker pit hair. I keep the pit hair trimmed, but otherwise don’t ever shave. If I shave, I get horrible ingrown hairs no matter what I use. I tend to wear long sleeves and long pants all the time anyway since I’m very pale (almost albino with white head hair no less 😛 ) and very sensitive to the sun.

    As for the post, I didn’t even notice the pit hair until it was mentioned. I was focusing on that lovely dress. Like someone else mentioned above, it’s not like it’s really bushy or anything. However, it is rather odd to not take care of the pit hair when grooming for a special event like this, especially since she seems to be immaculately groomed otherwise.

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  • July 22, 2012

    Sam

    I don’t see what the big deal is; to me they don’t even look that bad. I shave my legs and armpits regularly, but unfortunately my hair is so dark and my skin is so light (translucent, really) that even right after I shave it looks like it’s been a day or two. It really shouldn’t matter and I hate when people make a dig deal of someones’s armpits or legs. It’s natural, and shaving every day is a huge pain.

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  • July 23, 2012

    Leah

    Agree with sam! theres a certain hair/skin combo that looks excaltly like this just after it was shaved. What is the person suppose to do, tear their skin off?
    if it was a bush , I understand why people MIGHT be grossed out, but this is nearly invisible -the fact is, they had to zoom in to get the “outragous” photo

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  • July 25, 2012

    Jane

    I don’t think it matters. Men don’t shave their armpits and then they run around shirtless on the beach or whatever it is they do in their photoshoots and nobody cares.

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  • July 29, 2012

    Katja

    I can’t be bothered with other peoples armpits, as long as they don’t smell really bad, then I’ll just make sure to create some distance. I shave mine, but then so does my boyfriend.

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  • July 31, 2012

    Sandy

    Is that even hair? Certain people, myself included, have slightly darker pigmentation in the armpits, behind the knees, and at other places where the skin is kind of gathered. (It’s common in people with blood sugar disorders.) I do shave my armpits, but when I was younger, I found the weird pigmentation embarrassing. So, I avoided sleeveless shirts. Now, though, I just go with it – I live in Texas, and it is unbelievably hot here during the summer. I wear tank tops now, and if anyone has a problem with my pits, I don’t really care.

    So, I guess this is a long way of saying that I see nothing wrong with this woman’s armpits and The Daily Fail should go back to hating on Scouse Brows instead. Now, that is an example of body hair that truly deserves ridicule.

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