WATCH: Growing Trend for Women: Hairy’s Not Scary!

Hairy female armpits are having their moment in the sun, so to speak. Miley Cyrus, who seems to have dyed her pit hairs bright pink, is not the only who’s laying off the razor and proudly showing her upper bush. Armpit hair growth doesn’t seem like a problem suddenly!

As strange as it may be to some of us, it begs the question, When did women begin shaving their armpits anyway? According to some sources, it was precisely 1915 when sleeveless dresses came into fashion.

In our time, Julia Roberts was the first celebrity to go to a premier without shaving her armpits. Some people were horrified while others applauded. The critics totally bashed her.

Now, women are making a statement with their armpit hairs over and over again. Fine, Miley Cyrus may not be the poster child for femininity to some, but look at Starlet Shailene Woodley (pictured above), a girlie girl who not only doesn’t shave her pits and proudly displays them, but she admits to washing her hair only once a month! Tell me which is more upsetting, if it’s upsetting at all.

It seems that being unkempt is a growing trend over all and has been–and not just for women. Women may be laying off the razor when it comes to pits, but men have been wearing beards now for a while, even though science tells us it’s they are not very clean for the most part.

Outside of the U.S the trend of ladies growing their armpit hairs continues: Chinese women throughout the UK are posting sensual photos of themselves, arms up, hairs poking out. These selfies are all over social media, and many of these women are doing it as a way of challenging social norms for women.

From the UK, the trend has traveled to mainland China itself, where you’d think women would be wary of being so brash. But it’s not so! In fact, they are much more in-your-face about it.

Xiao Meili, a prominent women’s rights activist in China, launched the ‘Armpit Hair Competition’ on Weibo, China’s popular blog for women.

“Girls are often anxious about their armpit hair as if it’s a sign of being dirty or uncivilized,” she says. “We should have the freedom to choose whether to accept what grows naturally on our bodies.”

Li Tingting, another women’s rights activist, posted a photo of her half-naked body showing her armpit hair saying, “punish domestic violence and love armpit hair.”

“For women, we need to free our minds and our bodies,” Tingting said. “For me, my body is my battlefield.”

This video is from China: