Now don’t get us wrong, it’s not that we’re the armpit police or anything. It’s just that armpit hair really freaks people out! It’s not often you get to see a good bit of celebrity fluff, so when you do it’s all the more shocking. Don’t these stars have their stylists and ‘people’ to check for fashion faux pas like this? Guess not – and it’s reassuring to know they’re normal like the rest of us.
10. Grace Jones
At 62 years old, she still hasn’t got the hang of shaving. Shame on Grace Jones, who was snapped with this hairy monstrosity while listening to some music on her headphones. The star looks like she’s having a good time though, so maybe letting it all hang loose – rather than staying smooth – was more of a priority.
9. Paula Cole
A stalwart of the armpit army – singer/songwriter Paula Cole actually got pissed that someone airbrushed out her fluffy fuzz. Back in 1998, Entertainment Weekly did the decent thing and double-clicked away her hairs, but that didn’t go down too well with Miss Cole, who wants to be left au naturelle. And a few years later this snap at The Grammys shows Paula is staying true to her roots…
8. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore’s had her fair share of scandal: she’s been through a few guys, has battled with drugs and alcohol, and went a bit off the rails post-E.T. But is that an excuse for poor armpit care? The actress was spotted down Lexington Avenue in New York where she shocked onlookers with her fuzz. But she’s still a hottie so we’ll forgive her.
7. Tyra Banks
No, no, no Tyra! You’re a supermodel… it’s your job to be photographed! Why the shaving mishap? Can’t imagine she’d let behavior like that slide with her minions on America’s Next Top Model. Still, that oddly shaped furry little ball she’s hiding under her pits gives us all hope: if it’s OK for Miss Banks, someone who’s graced the covers of the world’s fashion mags, then it’s OK for us.
Oops. First it was the suspect pee stain and now these long, wispy underarm hairs? A slight faux-pas for the Black Eyed Peas singer, especially as these stragglers are so long they could be braided. Fergie was papped at the premier of her latest solo album, The Dutchess. You’d think a stylist or two might have pointed out the fluff.
She’s normally pristine, but this photo shows a different (read: hairier) side to Beyonce. The multimillion dollar artist let her normal good hygiene slip and forgot to whip off those underarm stragglers before she stepped out at a film premier in 2008. Hubby Jay-Z may not have noticed as she waved to fans… but they certainly did. Eeuggh.
4. Lady GaGa
She’s made some dubious fashion choices in the past (a dress made of meat springs to mind) but this error of judgment tops them all. Lady GaGa can’t have done this as a style statement, can she? Spotted early last year, Ms GaGa had clearly overlooked the stubble aspect of her outfit. Thankfully there are no close-ups of her bikini line…
3. Kelly Rowland
Oh, thank the Lord – there’s something wrong with the beautiful Kelly Rowland at last! Nothing that can’t be remedied with a swift swipe of a sharp blade though, Kelly. At last the former member of Destiny’s Child has put a foot wrong, yet her online fans say it looks soft and fluffy and actually suits her. Weirdos.
2. Elizabeth Jagger
OMG! These real life, genuine model shots show it’s now more acceptable for women to have manly rugs under their pits. Or do they? Miss Jagger may have no shame in showing off her permed underarms, but for normal folk I’m not sure it’d go down so well. So don’t get any ideas girls. It’s not fashion: this was 2003 and she got paid for it.
1. Julia Roberts
The true winner, and what a shock it caused! A fantastic actress she may be, but those overt displays of fluffiness were not looked upon kindly by gleeful paparazzi at the Notting Hill premiere. Several years later in 2008 “The Armpit Dress” still made the newspapers after she brought it out of hiding. And only last month Julia’s flowing underarm hairs were snapped again. At least she’s consistent, we suppose.