When Julia Roberts showed up to the 1999 premiere of Notting Hill and SCANDALIZED THE WORLD by flashing some bushy armpits (that was the day we all learned that women actually grow hair there!!!!), most people figured she was either auditioning for an open slot at Lilith Fair or was just trying to show us twinks (what?! I used to be one before I discovered Chick-fil-A) there was hope to one day become a cub. Alas, she just told Busy Philipps it was neither of those.
In case you don’t remember the picture that caused the tabloids to launch a million “Hairy Woman” headlines:
Julia Roberts isn't making a feminist statement in famous 'hairy armpit' photo https://t.co/DHQtGa7K1x
— Metro Entertainment (@Metro_Ents) November 5, 2018
Julia was on Busy’s version of Watch What Happens Live, and Busy didn’t waste time wondering if Julia was trying to make Gloria Steinem and the ghost of Simone de Beauvoir proud with a feminist statement. Julia said it wasn’t anything like that and she just didn’t shave.
“The picture is vivid in my mind, actually, from that moment. I think I just hadn’t really calculated my sleeve length and the waving and how those two things would go together and reveal personal things about me. So it wasn’t so much a statement as it’s just part of the statement I make as a human on the planet.”
Busy says statements of full bush under the arms are “dope,” but it sounds like Julia wasn’t trying to shock the world at all by intentionally growing out her underarm hair. She’s ALWAYS that way, and we should just be pissed by the fact we didn’t happen to catch it on a week when those hairs were braided like the other members of the Sisterhood. I guess she was keeping it British stiff upper lip and lowkey for Hugh Grant!