It perhaps wasn’t the first matter of note in the most recent trailer for DC’s newest take on ‘Wonder Woman’, but since its release last week, it’s certainly opened up a lively debate.
Armpit hair: should Wonder Woman have it or not?
Some websites have noted that Gal Gadot is entirely free from any kind of growth in the underarm area, and have suggested that as a woman dwelling in the deepest Amazon in a seemingly exclusively female community, perhaps depilation would not be top priority.
Check it out for yourself, around the one-minute, 50-seconds mark…
Writes Shannon Carlin on Refinery29: “It’s really hard to believe that Wonder Woman, who has been on an island filled with strong women her entire life is worried about waxing and then bleaching her pits to make sure there isn’t a hair left on those babies.
“That is a time-consuming process and she’s a little too busy training ’10 times harder’ with the Amazons so that she can, you know, save the world. It really all comes down to priorities and I’d like to think shaving is pretty low on the list, even if it’s high on the studio’s.
“With Wonder Woman standing in as an example of female strength, it would have been exciting to see her with a little hair under her arms. To prove that women — even those who are superheroes — don’t have to cater to beauty standards that are meant to make them more attractive to men.”
Amanda Goecke on HerCampus agrees wholeheartedly, going on to suggest that ‘it’s painfully clear that Gal Gadot’s armpits were digitally tampered with, evident by their awkward smoothness and discoloration’.
“Whether a woman has armpit hair/stubble or not is her choice – both options are perfectly fine and dandy,” she continues.
“But what isn’t cool is the fact that the minds behind Wonder Woman felt the need to erase the hairs all together and pretend that badass women like Wonder Woman walk around with flawless armpits.”
Slate also suggests Gadot’s pits were ‘digitally bleached’.
“It seems like an enormous waste of effort to recolor the underarms of Wonder Woman herself for a split-second scene, especially when the obvious editing is much more conspicuous than the unaltered lady pits alone could ever be,” writes Marissa Martinelli.
The internet – specifically, as you might expect, Twitter – also has some remarks on the matter.
Just speaking aesthetically, the new Wonder Woman trailer had me wishing she had armpit hair.
— mattson tomlin (@mattsontomlin) March 12, 2017
wonder woman would prolly have armpit hair imo
— no homo (@GanjaGhost420) March 12, 2017
controversial hot take:
i wish #WonderWoman had visible armpit hair.
she was raised on an island of women w/no schick advertisements!
— Paul Roth in LA ???? (@paulidin) March 12, 2017
Just doing some pod-related Twitter searching, and until this point I hadn't realised how badly I wanted Wonder Woman to have armpit hair.
— Joe Cunningham (@JoeCunningham14) March 16, 2017
Wonder Woman should have leg hair + armpit hair. If she came from a place with no male standards of beauty she wouldn't gaf about body hair
— Joshua Bruckner (@SirJoshington) August 13, 2016
So should Wonder Woman have armpits as nature intended? Is it too late to pop it back in, Warner Bros? Let us know. Below.