Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Leon Rocks Armpit Hair for Body Positivity Statement

Body positivity is all about celebrating the body you're in, be it tall, short, or hairy. It's about saying, "This is me. See me as who I am." Many celebrities have embraced the body positivity movement. Stars such as Melanie Griffith who posed in lingerie at the age of 62 and Taylor Swift who was shamed for being too thin. And, real women are taking to social media to spread the body-positive word.

Celebrating at Madonna's Birthday Party

Madonna's 23-year-old daughter Lourdes Leon rocked armpit hair at her mother's 62nd birthday party. Madonna, who previously revealed that she'd tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, celebrated the occasion with family and friends in Jamaica over the weekend, US Magazine reports.

In Instagram posts—a video and a photo album—Madonna shared shots of herself and her family celebrating the occasion. "Thankful for my Children on my Birthday and Every day," she wrote on Instagram. The second photo in her album shows Madonna and Leon taking a selfie together, with Leon's armpit hair visible in the shot.

Comments varied on Madonna's post about her daughter's visible armpit hair. "Help her [...] shave her armpit," wrote one commenter. Others, however, came to the defense of the pop star and Leon: "So what if her daughter [has] armpit hair," wrote one person, while another said, simply, that armpit hair "is normal."

Body Positivity and Armpit Hair

This isn't the first time Leon has showcased armpit hair in a display of body positivity. It was visible in a photo Madonna shared on Twitter on New Year's Day 2018. Before that, Leon was photographed on the red carpet at a Vogue event, showing off her unshaven legs. And Leon is, of course, not the first female celebrity to embrace showcasing her armpit hair to the public.

In 2019, singer Halsey showed off her armpit hair on the cover of Rolling Stone. And body positivity icon Ashley Graham shared a postpartum photo of herself earlier this year, showing off her armpit hair in her selfie pose. Actress Bella Thorne also posted a video of herself on Instagram, in which her armpit hair is visible. Madonna herself has also shown off her armpit hair, posting a photo of herself on Instagram, arm raised, with the caption: "Long hair……Don't care!!!!!!"

The trend comes as female celebrities embrace the body positivity movement like never before, showing off their bodies on social media and in real life. Women around the world are showing off their stretch marks, cellulitis, postpartum bodies, and now, armpit hair, without editing or hiding them.

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