Amandla Stenberg has at all times been upfront about the place she stands on magnificence requirements: In September, she wrote an essay about her relationship together with her hair and the way it tied into completely different iterations of her id, together with her blackness, her sexuality, and her gender.

When it lastly got here all the way down to shaving it off for a task, nonetheless, she discovered it liberating: “Shaving my head was wild. I felt a way of full neutrality. It was so liberating. This summer time I got here out as homosexual, and I have to say, having no hair made me really feel much more snug with my gender and sexuality,” Stenberg wrote. On Saturday night time, she performed round with one other magnificence customary — the one which dictates that ladies shave their physique hair — by pairing underarm hair with Valentino.

On Saturday, Stenberg walked the crimson carpet on the European premiere of The Hate U Give, debuting as a part of the 62nd BFI London Movie Pageant. She wore a beautiful deep-plunge Valentino robe that exposed her underarm hair — later posting a photograph to Instagram captioned “#drama #armpit”.

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Amandla Stenberg attending The Hate U Give Premiere as part of the BFI London Film Festival at the Cineworld Cinema in...
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She’s by no means been recognized to go for the pastel-colored robes different stars put on to occasions — as an alternative, as Marley Dias wrote for Glamour just lately, she appears to favor clothes that makes an announcement, like “burnt-orange fits and glossy attire.”

On Saturday, nonetheless, she let the black, classically lovely gown take a backseat, utilizing it to casually spotlight her underarm hear as an alternative—and letting that be the low-key assertion for the night time. It is like she instructed Glamour in a current interview: “I need to specific myself as authentically as I can.”

A number of different Gen Z celebs have stepped out sans shave just lately, too: Paris Jackson hit the 2017 VMAs crimson carpet in comparable kind…

INGLEWOOD CA  AUGUST 27  Paris Jackson poses in the press room at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August...
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….and Bella Thorne is one other actor who’s chosen to indicate off her underarm hair for public appearances.

SHERMAN OAKS CA  OCTOBER 02  Bella Thorne attends the Collider Special Screening of Lionsgate's I Still See You at...
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To shave or to not shave, that’s the query as we sprint by means of a bathe each morning — however fortunately, it is one the place there is no “appropriate” reply.


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