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Madonna Flaunts Armpit Hair in Instagram Selfie

Taking ‘Express Yourself’ to a new level

Madonna, never one to dodge the spotlight, shared a snapshot of her ever-growing armpit hair with the hashtag happy caption: “Long hair…… Don’t Care!!!!!! #artforfreedom #rebelheart#revolutionoflove.” The hashtag #artforfreedom references her digital initiative that encourages artists to express creativity in a way that brings awareness to human rights violations, but the hair is clearly all her.

The singer’s Instagram profile has been under scrutiny in recent months after she posted a photo of her teenage son with a liquor bottle and captioned a photo with a racial slur.

But Madonna’s nod to women deciding to go natural speaks to a growing trend in women’s health. Actress Cameron Diaz encouraged women to consider not shaving their pubic hair in her recent Body Book. And retailer American Apparel courted controversy after featuring mannequins with full-grown, visible pubic hair in a New York City storefront.

While a woman certainly has the choice on one’s armpit hair, the harsh comments on Madonna’s snapshot prove this trend might not be growing along with her hair.

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