Amandla Stenberg strutted the red carpet at the European premiere of her latest film, The Hate U Give, opting not to cover up her unshaved armpits. Several Hollywood stars have taken to the red carpet and social media in recent years with unshaved pits; the reception, as one would expect, is decidedly mixed. Some of the more notable repeat hair-bearers: Beyonce, Drew Barrymore, Michelle Rodriguez, Lola Kirke, Madonna, Kelly Rolland, Halle Berry, Grace Jones and Juliette Lewis.
The 19-year-old non-binary actor, who uses they/them and she/her pronouns, wore Valentino. She pointed out her pits in a social media caption featuring the hashtags #drama and #armpit.
Stenberg has long been outspoken about her own bisexuality and society’s expectations regarding gender and sexuality.
"I want to show people who follow what I’m doing that you don’t really have to conform to those constructs in order to be valid or be worth something," Stenberg told People. "It’s been such a blessing to watch people who care about what I have to say feel more comfortable in their identities because they see I’m out here doing my thing."