Chris Harrison says that every season of The Bachelor will be the most dramatic yet, but when it was announced that Arie Luyendyk Jr. would be the latest bachelor to helm the franchise, the jig was up for longtime fans of the show. That’s because Arie Luyendyk Jr. is this season’s leading man, and while he’s… fine, he’s not who fans were pulling for. However, as always, the season can still be saved by interesting
contestants hopeful future spouses, and that’s exactly what Bekah Martinez is.
Martinez stood out from the start for one main reason — a reason that seems pretty ridiculous, to be honest. That reason is that after 22 long seasons of The Bachelor, Martinez is the first contestant ever to have a pixie cut. Seriously. Previous contestants have mostly worn their hair in long, loose waves, with the occasional lob here and there. In previews for upcoming episodes, it appears she’s also making waves for her age, which is 22 — as Luyendyk Jr. is 36, that’s a 14 year age gap, which some of the other women on the season seem to have a problem with. But now, she’s also taking a stance on social media for yet another hair-related issue; this time, though, it’s armpit hair.
As Bustle reported, Martinez posted a series of images and videos in her recent Instagram story about armpit hair and the choice to remove it or not.
The first was a photo of her armpit showing some hair growth, with a poll asking commenters if she should shave. The poll options were “I <3 the patriarchy” vs. “All natural, baby.” However, she followed the poll up with a second image, captioned, “jk ladies, no shame! if smooth pits make you feel pretty, do it. if you don’t mind the hair, do it.”
As Bustle reports, though, Martinez wasn’t done talking about body hair. These images were followed by a video, in which she said, “”You know, the whole shaving/not shaving debate is really kind of irrelevant. It’s definitely just the essence of white feminism, because if we want to talk about real problems like the systematic oppression of women of color…” However, the clip cut her off, and she didn’t follow it up to finish the thought.
Clearly, though, she has no issue with body hair (or with having a sense of humor about it), as this isn’t the first time she’s broached the subject on social media. Though in the past, many viewers have watched The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to (hopefully) watch romance spark between the lead and a future spouse, this season, it seems like folks may just be in it for Bekah, as well.
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