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Madonna Had Hairy Armpits in High School: Great or Gross?

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Remember when Madonna was a young punk? Well, back in high school, her personal hygiene wasn't exactly ... traditional. And she wasn't very popular with the boys. "The boys in my school would make fun of me," she says in the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar, adding that they called her a "hairy monster."

“And then, going to high school, I saw how popular girls had to behave to get the boys. I knew I couldn’t fit into that. So I decided to do the opposite. I refused to wear makeup, to have a hairstyle. I refused to shave. I had hairy armpits." Later on, Madonna adds, "Straight men did not find me attractive. I think they were scared of me because I was different."



Today, if you really want to annoy Madonna, mention her age (she's 53). "I find whenever someone writes anything about me, my age is right after my name. It’s almost like they’re saying, 'Here she is, but remember she’s this age, so she’s not that relevant anymore.' When you put someone’s age down, you’re limiting them."

And believe it or not, if Madonna hadn't been a pop superstar, she might have been a ... copy editor. Of teenage daughter Lourdes's blogs, she says: "I proofread her blogs and edit them. I give her a hard time when I think she’s being a lazy writer."

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  • Kerstin LaCross 2011/11/11 15:54:20
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    Kerstin LaCross
    +19
    There is nothing 'unhygienic' about unshaven skin. Just because my husband is hairy does not make him 'disgusting', and most women who prefer not to shave by personal choice (unlike many women who shave to please 'society') keep themselves very clean.

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  • Andrew Arceneaux 2013/11/29 09:18:00
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    Andrew Arceneaux
    Hairy armpits are awesome.
  • Namman 2012/12/29 14:24:04
  • Elise 2012/11/13 03:30:41
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    Elise
    all adults are made this way! It's natural and ridiculous that anyone would make someone feel bad about actually being the way we were made to be. Love it.
  • thecutesttentacle 2012/03/30 21:33:18
    Gross
    thecutesttentacle
  • Kezzi Rose Lavigne Biersack 2012/03/30 21:30:26
    Gross
    Kezzi Rose Lavigne Biersack
    Ewwwww
  • queenygreeny 2011/11/18 00:53:34
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    queenygreeny
    didnt we all
  • Bob, the reasonable one 2011/11/17 01:40:21 (edited)
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    Bob, the reasonable one
    More than her armpits weren't shaved...it looked like a tropical forest!!!
  • Latika 2011/11/15 19:45:38
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    Latika
    neither first nor second.
    hairy armpits are just hairy armpits. nothing more.
    i have them too. fnd you know what? most of my life i don't even remember this fact.
  • hey.thats.life 2011/11/15 09:11:11
    Gross
    hey.thats.life
    Gross. If you don't care about others, at least care about yourself.
  • Elise hey.tha... 2012/11/13 03:31:43
    Elise
    +3
    what makes you think a person doesn't care about themselves if they don't shave? It actually means she respects her body more.
  • randy 2011/11/14 22:50:47
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    randy
    WHY IS IT GROSS IT HER HAIR. iTS NOT AS IF SHE HAD A TALKING MOLE OR SOMETHING WOMEN HAVE HAIR. I THINK YOU CAN SAVE MONEY ON THOSE TREATMENT AND EXPENSIVE RAZOR IF WOMEN SHAVED LESS
  • BARRY0619 2011/11/14 22:30:19
    Gross
    BARRY0619
    +1
    But then again, she's gross...
  • Freeranger 2011/11/14 22:11:00
    Gross
    Freeranger
    Here's one piece of cheese that ain't aging well. Hideous.
  • Happy 2011/11/14 21:31:47
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    Happy
    nothing wrong with choosing not to shave...
  • Reality-Check 2011/11/14 20:26:10
    Gross
    Reality-Check
    it was a 'shock tactic' it worked for you huh...
  • LILY 2011/11/14 20:16:29
    Gross
    LILY
    EWWWWW REALLY OMG NO!!!
  • coach k 2011/11/14 19:24:05
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    coach k
    that's her bizness
  • Nuala a.k.a BlueRaven 2011/11/14 18:23:38
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    Nuala a.k.a BlueRaven
    +1
    Don't french women have hairy pits? Where they come from its considered beautiful. But no, here in good old America anything that is suppose to be on your body is considered gross and unsanitary. Personally I like clean shaven skin, but its a bitch to keep up with. I don't blame her one bit for not shaving her pits.
  • S123 2011/11/14 18:18:15
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    S123
    It's great that she stood up to pressure to look a certain way (unless she was doing the opposite partly to defy the other students or something like that).
  • disclaimer 2011/11/14 17:43:26
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    disclaimer
    One of my dance teachers (a guy) has the most disgustingly hairy armpits anyone's ever seen. It looks like a chinchilla and a hedgehog had a night of passion, with the offspring living in his armpits. Sorry guys--hairy armpits are NOT cool.
  • Mark5610 2011/11/14 17:26:22
  • Brian 2011/11/14 17:15:47 (edited)
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    Brian
    Some of the greatest women I've ever known at least went through a phase. Physically, yes, it's a little bit gross because we're all products of a shallow and materialistic culture. But the mentality is extremely attractive. It does not mean she dressed in guy clothes and didn't shower.
  • Jensola 2011/11/14 17:02:49
    Gross
    Jensola
    +1
    It's up to the individual, but you asked the question and I'm answering with my personal opinion. I think it's 'gross'. I like to be hair-free as much as possible, and think women look better that way... I know I do, and I feel sexier that way too!
  • Now Lost Jensola 2011/11/15 13:25:26
    Now Lost
    +1
    except for your head of course!!!!
  • Jensola Now Lost 2011/11/15 13:26:07
    Jensola
    +1
    Oh God of course, that's the one place I want lots of hair!! lol
  • Now Lost Jensola 2011/11/15 13:27:11
    Now Lost
    everywhere else, none.
  • Chris - The Rowdy One! #187 2011/11/14 16:46:01
  • Bibliophilic 2011/11/14 13:57:04 (edited)
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    Bibliophilic
    +2
    Do men shave their armpits? No? Well it's none of their business what a woman does.

    I like shaving mine, but I often go without shaving my legs. Who cares? It's just a personal preference. Men are silly and superficial if they make a big deal about a woman's body hair while being hairy themselves. Adult women are not naturally hairless!
  • p.s.I<3you Bibliop... 2011/11/14 20:30:08
    p.s.I<3you
    +1
    thats what i'm saying!
  • Elise Bibliop... 2012/11/13 03:33:20
    Elise
    +3
    unfortunately women are just as bad about making people feel bad about this.
  • p.s.I<3you 2011/11/14 12:26:10
    Gross
    p.s.I<3you
    disterbing...
  • S123 p.s.I<3you 2011/11/14 18:21:52
    S123
    +1
    Why do you think body hair is disturbing?
  • p.s.I<3you S123 2011/11/14 20:29:38
    p.s.I<3you
    hey its not like madonna wants everyone to know everything about her i'm sayng that its disturbing that people would know or even care about this. i know i wouldn't want people going around saying i had hairy armpits in high school. its just i know how i would feel
  • S123 p.s.I<3you 2011/11/19 03:02:17
    S123
    Oh, okay. I agree basically except that it sounds like she brought at up in the interview, so I think she does want people to know about it. It sound like she is proud that she didn't give in to the peer pressure and bullying a I think she is right to be proud (although, if she was doing things like that just to defy her peers, I don't think that was the best reaction). I think the problem with people posting something like that about her is the context ("Ewww! She had harry arm pits!").
  • p.s.I<3you S123 2011/11/19 21:25:44
    p.s.I<3you
    yep true true
  • Maci 2011/11/14 11:41:29
  • Jensola Maci 2011/11/14 17:03:57
    Jensola
    It's just a bit of fun... we don't all want deadly serious questions!
  • Maci Jensola 2011/11/14 17:08:44
  • Jensola Maci 2011/11/14 17:11:50
    Jensola
    Erm, why on EARTH are you calling me the 'N' word!???
  • TC 2011/11/14 08:34:15
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    TC
    You have to consider the year she was in high school! Probably it wasnt gross then.
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