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There’s an interesting new trend making a comeback among young women: hairy armpits.

A quick glance at the #NoShave or #NoShaveNoShade tags on Twitter, Instagram, and most noticeably Tumblr, and you’ll uncover scores of young women refusing to wax, shave, or laser off the hair under their arms in a bid to celebrate what Mother Nature gave them.

Photo: intagram.com/colleenbixler

Photo: intagram.com/colleenbixler

While hair under the arms may have once been en vogue in France, here in the States women have been taught that almost all of the hair not on our heads—arms, bikini area, legs—has got to go. But the #NoShave activists are bucking the notion that armpit hair is unsightly and unsexy.

As achselhaare, a Tumblr user, put it: “Many things are out of our control and i tend to go with the flow, instead of going against it. any who, eye woke up like this. messy hair and body hair. Flawless.”

Are you down with the #NoShave movement? Sound-off! 

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    Eww. Disgusting.

  • dirtychai

    I’m pretty sure that armpit hair serves some sort of biological purpose, but I gotta shave mine. I just feel cleaner when I do.

  • Darkness901

    If you want to smell like Wendy’s hamburgers, go right ahead. I’m a guy and keep my armpits and other areas shaved. It’s just a hygiene thing for me.

    But, we are in times where every damn thing is a movement and everyone wants a pat on the back for being different.

  • Um, is this a movement or a personal choice? I shave, but I could care less if others don’t. This is not a feminist fight.

  • Jamie Hyatt

    I’ve never shaved in my life. Hairy armpits don’t smell any worse than shaved ones, and hairy legs don’t itch unless you’ve been shaving them and then let them grow out. I find it encouraging that other women are doing this. Like others have said, it’s a choice for each woman to make. But I personally would like to be hairy and not have everyone treat me like I’m some alien. If guys can be hairy and be accepted, why can’t girls? My body came like this, I shouldn’t be thought of as a freak because I don’t alter it.