Letting it all hang out When Julia Roberts flashed under-arm hair at a film premiere there was uproar. But one woman, at least, wants to overturn prejudices and has taken a New Year's resolution not to shave. Shazia Mirza is a self-confessed "hairy woman". In fact, she is so hairy, she describes herself as "trapped in a man's body". Until recently, though, few others would have known. Like most women, Shazia has dedicated a significant part of her adult life to hair removal.
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The coolest thing about it all? In what seemed like an ode to Diane Keaton, Roberts differentiated herself from her fellow twenty-something actresses with this bold move. Nothing says like double denim, and if there was ever an image that defined Julia in her comfort zone, this was it. Pretty woman, indeed! This shot by iconic American photographer Herb Ritts saw Roberts work her inner supermodel and was the start of a long-term relationship with Vanity Fair. Erin Brockovich is a real person who won a very real lawsuit against an American gas and electric company in Were we witnessing feminist Julia?
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Skip navigation! Story from Beauty. In , long before Gen-Z stars like Amandla Stenberg and Paris Jackson were making the case for body hair being NBD, Julia Roberts attended the premiere of her new film Notting Hill dressed in a sparkling red Vivienne Tam sheath with her hair haphazardly twisted in a waterfall updo and her armpits completely unshaven. This wasn't the first time anyone saw an A-list celebrity with body hair , but it certainly did trigger a vocal response. While some reports claimed Roberts' hairy underarms were because then-boyfriend Benjamin Bratt preferred the actress au naturel , most regarded her body-hair reveal as a feminist statement.
She raised her arm to wave to fans lining the red carpet, and in doing so revealed that she was rocking unshaved armpits with her slinky, sequined, 90s-personified red dress. The moment is often cited as the ultimate example of a major celebrity proudly shunning typical beauty standards. Rather than being about feminism, the Hollywood star added that it was more just a reminder that she sometimes decides not to shave.