Why Madonna Had Hairy Armpits in High School

11/10/2011 at 04:30 PM ET

Madonna Harper's BazaarTom Munro for Harper’s Bazaar

Today, she’s untouchable: Madonna has her music career, an upcoming directorial debut, her pick of famous boyfriends and a soon-to-launch clothing line and fragrance. But growing up in the Midwest, life wasn’t always easy for the Material Girl.

“The boys in my school would make fun of me,” she reveals in the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar. They called her “‘hairy monster.’ You know, things like that,” she recalls. “And then, going to high school, I saw how popular girls had to behave to get the boys. I knew I couldn’t fit into that. So I decided to do the opposite. I refused to wear makeup, to have a hairstyle. I refused to shave. I had hairy armpits.”

The singer says that hanging out in gay clubs as a teen helped her find herself. “Straight men did not find me attractive,” she shares. “I think they were scared of me because I was different.” But that obviously didn’t stop her.

Madonna Harper's BazaarTom Munro for Harper’s Bazaar

Now a mother four times over, Madonna says she doesn’t like her age associated with her work. “I find whenever someone writes anything about me, my age is right after my name,” she muses. “It’s almost like they’re saying, ‘Here she is, but remember she’s this age, so she’s not that relevant anymore.’ When you put someone’s age down, you’re limiting them.”

Age doesn’t limit daughter Lourdes, who oversees the Macy’s juniors line Material Girl with her mom. “She loves fashion and style,” Madonna says of her daughter. “She helps design the collection. I just stand in the background and watch.”

But like any good mother, she steps in when necessary. “I proofread her blogs and edit them,” Madonna says. “I give her a hard time when I think she’s being a lazy writer.” For the full interview and more photos, go to harpersbazaar.com/Madonna.


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Amanda on

Hah! I love how People.com ALWAYS includes ages after they mention people, yet for this one article they don’t because Madonna called them out. Love it.

Amber on

I could have gone the rest of my life without knowing about Madonna’s hairy pit’s…thank you very much.

Sarah S. on

I read the whole article just now and I must say, I’m surprised and delighted by Madonna’s thought-provoking questions about aging women. I’m 46, and I think about it constantly. With our global views about young, fertile women who “deserve” to be worshipped and respected–I need to remind myself that I am still a valid person and not “stale cake”. Thank you, Madonna.

tina on

Say what you want about Madonna, I know I don’t always agree with her, but she usually has something intelligent to say. Which is more than I can say about so many of the “celebrities” you read in interviews.

Kels on

Oh please Madonna. The only reason you’re even bringing up the age mentioning is because you’re old. Deal with it. You’re in an industry where youth is focused on. Maybe if you started acting you’re age people wouldn’t bring it up so much. She looks so pathetic running around with 20 year old boyfriends. I feel so sorry for her kids. She’s as self absorbed/obsessed as they come. There’s nothing wrong with getting older-maybe she can focus on growing old gracefully instead of trying to be young.

Buddy on

Curious as to why boys tormented her. She seems like the type who would’ve been fun to party with and be pretty uninhibited sexually. A HS boys dream lol.

Curl on

I must admit, I saw this headline and had to check it out….I haven’t even read the article yet. Like junior high.

Bob on

She had hairy armpits well beyond high school, just look at her Playboy photo shoot.

patty collums on

i love madonna, no matter what she does, or has done in the past. i have listened; to her ever since she stated singing.

Deets on

I love girls that don’t shave! So does my husband. There’s something really sexy about a forward thinking woman whose body actually looks like that of an adult and who refuses to conform to restrictive societal norms about feminine beauty that fetishize and sexualize childhood and children.

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