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MoNique’s Hairy Legs at the Golden Globes

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The NY Times reports:

The sometime comedian took home the Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her dramatic role as an abusive mom in “Precious: Based on the novel “Push,’ by Sapphire” and gave one of the most moving speeches of the night.

Mo’Nique may have been so wrapped up in preparing her remarks, in fact, that she forgot to take care of a little beauty matter before the awards – shaving her legs.

And if she was at all embarrassed by her shaggy state, she didn’t show it. On the contrary, whether inadvertently or not, she picked up the skirt of her long gown on the red carpet, exposing the issue.

A long dress covers a multitude of personal appearance sins – until you pull it up.

For true Mo’Nique fans, however, her hairy red carpet appearance will come as no surprise.

Mo’Nique has actually been on the forefront of a laissez-fair policy toward leg hair for many years. She showed off her unshaven gams on a 2006 appearance on “The View” after prompting from Barbara Walters.

She told Walters, and by extension a national TV audience, “I must show America what a real leg looks like . . . because it’s too much in the morning, every morning, to shave, to cut, you got Band-aids baby” she said after popping out from behind the hosts’ table to show off her unshaved calf.

“I really think hair on a woman’s legs is a black woman’s thing” she later added, after pointing out that she does shave under her arms to avoid “stink”

Mo’Nique has showed off her natural legs before at different events and in a TV show – but this time she revealed her anti-shaving look on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, while pulling up her dress. What do you think about her attitude regarding body hair?

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CéliAmbre
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CéliAmbre

ohlàlà 🙂
we shouldn’t really care that much about it.

Sidney
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Sidney
Umm well if i’m not actually disgusted or anything, i def. don’t find anything pretty about it. I mean if you don’t wanna stress about it all the time, i’d at least shave when you’re gonna wear a dress. It’s a bit different if you have very little hair and it’s light. And i find it rather easy to shave my legs, rarely any cuts or bleeding here, but maybe she has it otherwise. However, i do find it inappropriate to do that on the red carpet, pulling your dress up like that, but that’s what comedians do right, things… Read more »
Ali
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completely agree with you!

Heather
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Heather

ewwww… gross!

Casey
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Casey

“I really think hair on a woman’s legs is a black woman’s thing,”

WTF! Im black, my mothers black, grandma and aunts are black and WE SHAVE!!! She really shouldnt groups all of us as non shavers… its not true.

bigvinamac
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i agree. i shave my damn self and she shouldn’t say it’s a black woman thing because many black women i know shave down there. if she doesn’t want to shave it then that’s fine but don’t include black women as if we don’t shave our legs.

Kathryn
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i totally agree with you! She is being such a stereotype which i don’t agree with.

Cary
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Cary

GAAAHHH.

‘Nuff said.

Lucy
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Lucy

one word: YUCK!!

Sam
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She’s trying to throw all black women under the bus with her. Lol, all the black girls I know shave,wax, laser hair off, so I don’t know what she’s talking about.

There is nothing wrong with not shaving, I mean if she and her husband/bf like it that way then good for her.

Sam
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Oh and umm thanks for the close up versus lol 😛

Rikke
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not so charming imo

molly
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molly

gross…

pppccc
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pppccc

Am I the only one who feels sick when looking at the pic?

Mizzy
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Mizzy
i dont really see how race is even a variable here…I’m a jewish girl and I don’t shave my legs – and im not afraid to admit it either. I find it very frustrating that us women have to go through all these rituals on daily basis that men do not! I guess I am lucky enough to be in academia where I am not judged on the fact that I don’t shave or don’t wear make-up. Either way, it’s not fair and it’s fine if men find it disgusting, but other women should be more supportive of each other… Read more »
Casey
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Most men shave their beards every day, it’s a component of their own “rituals” that we women don’t have to worry about.

britterz
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britterz

until menopause that is…lol

Mizzy
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Mizzy

yes, but women are not disgusted by bearded men and they are not judged like women with hairy legs!!! seems like a bunk comparison to me.

Casey
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Oh I’m definetly disgusted by bearded men, and so are most of the girls/women I know. Some men have food stuck in there and it’s just ew.

Sharen
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LOL, not all beards are like that, some men look better with a beard, not a long one, just a bit of a beard, specially on guys that have a boy’s face, it looks more manly. I like it when my boyfriend doesn’t shave for a few days.

Casey
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I like beards only when they’re a day or 2 old. Anything after that and my boyfriend knows he won’t be getting smoochies. 😛

georgette
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georgette

I’m with you girl!!! Down with the razors!

Lana
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Lana

OH GOOD LORD

Natasha O.
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Natasha O.

AGREED UNSHAVEN HAIR IS NASSSSTYYYY god if i ever let my leg get like that well I don’t I think I’d die from a heart palpitation. God Bless Her Husbands HEART. Most men would ROLL BOUNCE!!! And is has nothing to do with being Black. That’s like if I said wearing deodorant is a Latina thing SMH!!!!

Susan
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Susan

She sat through a pedicure, but can’t take 3 minutes to drag a razor over her legs. Come on now. Men shave their face, women shave their legs and pits.

Alias
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Alias

And at the very least shave from the knee down, because that is all that is exposed in her gown! Oh my goodness lol… I can’t believe she couldn’t take the time to shave for one evening… Yikes.

Sidney
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Sidney

I don’t think it was a question of time though, at this particular occasion. She didn’t need to show her legs (long dress), she purposedly did that to make a point about not wanting to shave her legs all the time.

novyle
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novyle

But still… She went to a big event and didn’t feel the need shave her legs…
Hey, am I the only one who shaves her legs every week??? o_O If I had to go to such event like her, I would not only want to shave my legs, but go to a salon, to have it waxed and pampered…

Milly.
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Milly.

people are like OMG leg hair, yeah maybe for some people it’s a bit gross and she shouldn’t get it out it, but whatever, she don’t wanna shave her legs so she don’t. there are bigger things happening in the world right now then :O hairy legs!!

Mileah
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Mileah

It irks me when people say things like “there are bigger/more important things happening in the world…”

There are always bigger things happening in the world, does that mean that we should cease to live our own lives? Other things happening in the world doesn’t prevent us from being interested in/discussing other topics.

If we all focused only on “the bigger things” happening, we’d all be insane. So you can run off an focus solely on those other things and leave us to discuss hairy legs for a few minutes while we take our mind off other things.

AmandajoY
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AmandajoY

I LOVE THIS RESPONSE.

well said, plus girl your hear commenting on it too!
talkn bout you dont care!

Kathryn
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Omg sister maybe she just doesnt want to shave her bloody legs! your not gonna die or anything if you dont! and people shood mind there own bees wax! geez guys. give the woman a break

animus
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haha! Funny! maybe she’s doing it to keep her warm during the Winter 😛

xo
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yea, def not a fan of leg hair.. attractive.. not to me, but Monique gave such a moving speech at the Golden Globes, I saw a side of her that makes me not care about her weight, or hairy legs. She doesnt!! and she obviously has a husband that loves her for who she is. She seemed passionate and above alot of petty socialized rituals .. such as shaving.

Brittain
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Brittain

hear, hear! =)

Fluffykins
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Fluffykins

Where did the idea that hairless legs on a female is “beautiful” and a person is just plain nasty if they don’t shave? o.O I can understand shaving under arms, I do feel more “fresh” and clean that way, but shaved legs don’t really make me feel more beautiful or anything 😛

ann
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Amen, women were running around for thousands of years without shaving their legs. No one cared.

mEEE
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mEEE

Hear, hear! I shave, like, once every two weeks AT MOST (then again, my hair is pretty light). I say to each their own….I prefer the extra little five minutes I get of sleep than wasting then on dragging a razor through my legs.

Ayu
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Lol, she’s brilliant!
I don’t see why people consider it gross, you have hair on your scalp too and I don’t see you complaining about that!

Rachel
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Rachel

Hmm not a massive fan of this look if I’m honest. I admit it is sometimes a bit too much effort to shave every single day, not that you always need to. However if I was going to an event like this, with my legs on show I would probably think it was worth the effort. But if she’s okay with it then I have no problem with it. In the winter I don’t make that much effort shaving my legs, but always cover them up if they’re not hair-free and smooth. Oh well!

kitty
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kitty

I don’t shave my legs often either especially in winter but I ALWAYS do if I wear a skirt or shorts. Come on Monique theres nothing wrong with shaving 🙂

kitty
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kitty

I think thats gross looks like a man leg 😐 its fine not to shave if you don’t have that much hair, my mom NEVER shaves but you can’t even see the hair on her legs its so thin and very little, same with my mother in law.Women with little hair can get away with that but this woman has too much hair SHAVE PLEASE!

kitty
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kitty

-don’t be lazy! (for some reason that part didn’t come out)

Valentine
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Valentine

I don’t shave my legs in the winter, because it is WAY too much effort when I’m wearing tights, leggings or jeans all the time. But I have red hair, and as such, my leg hair is quite light anyway. I mean, kudos to her for hanging the idea that women should shave their legs, I do sometimes ask myself why we’re supposed to look more beautiful with hairless legs, but then again, I wouldn’t have hairy legs for an event like this, looks kind of weird. But still, it’s a nice feminist statement, I have to say…impressive!

anabel
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anabel

I agree with your comment. And I am a redhead with light and thin hair on my legs too! 😀

anabel
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anabel
I don’t think this has anything to do with race. I rarely ever see women with hairy legs, no matter what race. I don’t find anything wrong with it though. It looks like normal legs look, actually. And who cares if men like it, we’re not supposed to smooth and tame ourselves to please anyone. I still think the hairy legs don’t go well with the elegant gown and shoes, but that’s more of a fashion issue. Personally, I shaved neither my legs nor armpits for several years when I was a punk. Nowadays I still don’t try to conform… Read more »
Freedom
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Shaving your legs is not a a matter of hygiene its a culture issue. I personally don’t see the big deal. Am I implying that I don’t shave my legs? yes. however, I have no hair on my legs unfortunately but If I did I would not shave irregardless. Shaving of a female’s legs is a white western standard the norm in euorpean and north american societies. Monique says,“I really think hair on a woman’s legs is a black woman’s thing,” she later added, after pointing out that she does shave under her arms to avoid “stink.” This is quite… Read more »
Daisy
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Daisy

Well, she’s in the United States and in the United States, black women shave their legs. I have no problem with her not wanting to shave her legs but I hate that she has labeled it a “black woman’s thing”. I’m pretty sure that the majority of American black women shave their legs.

Kourtney
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Kourtney
I totally agree. We shave our legs (and other things) because everyone else does. It’s considered normal in western cultures to do so. So many aspects of our culture are very deeply ingrained; therefore when someone steps outside of what’s considered “normal”, they can catch a lot of crap. Breastfeeding, body hair…both natural, but unshaven legs/underarms make some uncomfortable (or grossed out as several readers so “eloquently” put it), just as public breastfeeding does also. As for unshaven legs being a black woman’s thing…well, Monique knows her history and apparently, many of those commenting don’t. Yes, many black women today… Read more »
bitbit
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bitbit

MO’NIQUE YOU GO GIRL! 😀

Amarige
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Amarige

People in this society have a very narrow perception of what is beautiful. Because her confidence is.
The point is not whether to shave or not to shave … the point is that UNSHAVEN legs do not make her any less of a woman.

Although, for the sake of playing devil’s advocate … she has a very nice pedicure. If she had no issues paying someone to do her toes, why couldn’t she pay someone to wax/shave her legs?

fabby
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eww is that for real?,

my boyfriend has less hair on his legs than her, and i dont like shaving but my hair doesn’t grow up like that :S it is really difficult to see ’cause it is too light and short

Jackfel
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Jackfel

Haha ew mrs.doubtfire

Chica
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Chica

I find this really unattractive.

I can’t satnd how it feels when there’s even a tiny bit of hair on my legs. I think to take pride in your appearance helps with confidence and helps you to feel pulled together and in control.

I don’t understand how people saying it is a positive move for feminism to have hairy legs. Do we have to look like men to be treated equally? Do we not possess the ability to be taken seriously as women whilst also maintaining a different look to men?

Mae
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I’m in two minds about it–

a) I think it looks gross, but
b) women should be allowed to do what they want beauty-wise without being judged.

I don’t know. I don’t like the look of unshaven legs but I can’t help feeling like this borders on some kind of women’s rights/respect issue. Whatever… it’s just leg hair. I’m not going to waste any more time agonizing over it haha.

Susan
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Susan

I don’t think it has anything to do with women’s rights. Men need to shave their face. Especially if they have an office job. Even if they have a beard, it must be trimmed neatly. People need to get haircuts and trim their nails…

I also saw her in People magazine with hairy legs, so I guess this is her M.O.

Casey
Guest

To each their own. If she doesn’t want to shave/wax her legs, than alright. Whatever.

All I know is I love it when my legs are smooth; it makes me feel sexy and clean. And I definetly would have made sure to look as sexy as possible for such an event.

Craig
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Craig

You’re wifes a bigfoot Gus. gooney goo goo. Eddie has nightmares, wakes up screaming Aunt Bunny is coming to get me. I bet she has a mustache.

Jo
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My leg hair is hardly noticeable and I can go for months without shaving (although I must compensate invisible body hair with thin, fine hair and almost no eyebrows), I like the feeling of just-shaved legs. Everything that touches it, like bedsheets, long skirts etc feels softer and smoother, somehow. But I think if someone doesn’t shave her legs, it’s really up to her. Or even pits. The only time I had issues with unshaven pits was when I found out my 24-year-old cousin NEVER shaves her pits, which resemble thick black pompoms under her arms, but instead gets her… Read more »
Cecil
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Cecil

That’s awesome, men don’t have to shave so why should women feel like they have to if they don’t want to? It’s just hair too, i don’t understand why people find it so gross.

Casey
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I think it’s the feeling. The thought of touching/feeling hairy legs is not as pleasant as feeling baby smooth skin.

machmalow
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machmalow

if only she could change the whole men don’t shave their legs (neither the rest actually) so we should we ? but in addition to the aesthetic question, there’s a feeling question too, as many said … and I definitely think, but it’s a personal view point, that a woman’s hairy pair of legs is as much attractive as a man’s smooth and shaved pair of legs … it just seems wrong somehow :S

artemis
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oh why? :))

Helena-Ella
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Helena-Ella

wow, I’m fair-haired – I didn’t realize just how much hair darker ladies have (some of them, anyway).

I think shaving the legs, if they’re on show, is always a goods idea…

Helena-Ella
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Helena-Ella

darker-haired*

7Nyne
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7Nyne

I think I just vomited a little in my mouth… Ew !

Edan
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Edan

Meh. It’s leg hair, not genocide. If it makes you vomit in your mouth, you have some growing up to do, methinks.

Kourtney
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Kourtney

*like*

essss
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essss

gross 🙁

kriszta
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charming 😀 my boyfriend’s legs are less hairy. its none of our business but i would not show unshaven in front everybody.never!!

kriszta
Guest

charming 😀 my boyfriend’s legs are less hairy. its none of our business but i would not show unshaven legs in front everybody.never!!

Kara
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Kara
Well, that’s not the most gorgeous thing in the world . . . But I suppose it’s her choice. I mean, most of us would be liars if we said we shaved our legs every single day. You would think, though that for the Golden Globes she’d run a razor over her legs, or at least not lift up her dress and show the world. It’s one thing to do it, and another thing to call attention to it. That was clearly quite attention-seeking. (Not saying there’s anything wrong with that.) I mean, a gymnast wouldn’t go to a competition… Read more »
Xoo
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iiwwou!

kirsten
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kirsten

*gavomits* D:

Juliette
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Juliette

Well, I don’t shave my legs either. Neither does my mother or grandmother.

Then again, we don’t grow hair on are legs. Zero. Don’t need to shave. And I’m glad too, I’d be too lazy.

padme
Guest

This isn’t really news. She’s always been upfront about the fact that she never shaves her legs. It’s not something I personally would do, but I say all the power to her. They’re her legs and she can do whatever she wants with them.

saysay
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saysay
There seem to be quite a few comments criticizing Mo’Nique’s choice…and a few with an indifferent approach, but I am quite convinced that there is NOTHING wrong with body hair. The fact that women are expected to ritually rid their bodies of the natural hair (that we have evolved with, or were given by God, depending on personal beliefs) is a completely backwards, outdated requirement. Are all those with freckles or moles forced to remove or cover them because “smooth, unblemished baby skin” is more attractive? Absolutely not. If people choose to modify their modifies through shaving, cosmetic surgery, etc.… Read more »
Kourtney
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Kourtney

say on, say on!!!

I mean, if its naturally there (and naturally on all women – not like how some women get mustaches…) then how can it make you look like a man?

Kourtney
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Kourtney

since body hair either appears for the first time, or gets darker and thicker at the onset of puberty…wait for it…maybe your shave legs (and whatever else) make you look like a little girl.

gen
Guest

Wow, this reminds me, I really need to shave my legs!

Winter in Minnesota… 😛

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