An art student proudly displayed her unshaven body hair on Twitter in a powerful reminder that she is in charge of her appearance.

The 17-year-old from Southern California, named only as Lalonie, shared two photos of herself earlier this month to make a statement. One shows her natural armpit hair, and the other a thin patch of hair running from her belly button to her lower abdomen.

Lalonie, who simply does not enjoy shaving, called the pictures ‘body hair positivity’ and said she was posting them because she would ‘never let misogynistic opinions dictate’ what she does with her body.

Statement: Art student Lalonie (pictured), 17, shared a photo of her unshaven armpit hair earlier this month to show she was free to do what she wants with her body
Empowering: The student also posted a photo of her natural belly hair as part of her message

Statement: Art student Lalonie (pictured), 17, shared photos of her unshaven armpit and belly hair earlier this month to show she was free to do what she wants with her body

Taking a stance: Lalonie called the pictures 'body hair positivity' and said she was posting them because she would 'never let misogynistic opinions dictate' what she does with her body

Taking a stance: Lalonie called the pictures ‘body hair positivity’ and said she was posting them because she would ‘never let misogynistic opinions dictate’ what she does with her body

Her post has received 19,000 likes and has been retweeted more than 7,000 times, as other others of the social media platforms praised her initiative.

‘Wish i had the strength,’ another woman wrote. ‘Go you, this is very empowering.’

‘Yeah, girl, embrace that happy trail!’ someone else told Lalonie, using a common nickname for the small patch of belly hair. ‘Took me forever to love mine. People need to see women w/ body hair more often!’

Others however weren’t as receptive, with one user telling the student to ‘shave that s**t’.

In one puzzling answer, a male user told Lalonie she was free to do what she wanted with her body, while at the same time questioning her shaving decisions.

‘It’s your body an all that’s cool but why the underarm hair tho like honestly [sic],’ the man wrote.

Praise: Her post has received 19,000 likes and has been retweeted more than 7,000 times, as other others of the social media platforms encouraged the student's initiative

Praise: Her post has received 19,000 likes and has been retweeted more than 7,000 times, as other others of the social media platforms encouraged the student’s initiative

Self-love: One woman shared her own experience learning to love her 'happy trail', a common nickname for a patch of hair running on the lower abdomen

Self-love: One woman shared her own experience learning to love her ‘happy trail’, a common nickname for a patch of hair running on the lower abdomen

Mixed signals: In one puzzling answer, a male user told Lalonie she was free to do what she wanted with her body, while at the same time questioning her shaving decisions

Mixed signals: In one puzzling answer, a male user told Lalonie she was free to do what she wanted with her body, while at the same time questioning her shaving decisions

Others questioned the student’s feminist beliefs because she was posting about defying misogynistic opinions while wearing makeup.

Their comments implied that she couldn’t stand for female empowerment if she also liked to use cosmetics.

‘Makes post about misogyny, but puts on a bunch of make up and has eyebrows perfectly done. Okay,’ one woman wrote with an eye-rolling emoji.

But some users defended Lalonie’s post by pointing out that her message was precisely to encourage women to do what they want with their bodies, whether that implies wearing makeup or not, as well as shaving or not shaving.

Opinions: Others questioned the student's feminist beliefs because she was posting about defying misogynistic opinions while wearing makeup

Opinions: Others questioned the student’s feminist beliefs because she was posting about defying misogynistic opinions while wearing makeup

Reminder: Some users defended Lalonie's post by pointing out that her message was precisely to encourage women to do what they want with their bodies

Reminder: Some users defended Lalonie’s post by pointing out that her message was precisely to encourage women to do what they want with their bodies

‘Clearly, everyone is missing your point. You / we should be able to wear ‘too much’ makeup & not shave our armpits. It’s OUR choice,’ one person told the student.

Lalonie, meanwhile, hasn’t let the comments deter her and was surprised that so many people would have such strong reactions, telling the Huffington Post she was ‘more shocked that in the year 2017 there were still people who were getting offended over body hair’. 

‘Misogyny is so deeply rooted in our society that is sometimes very hard to recognize,’ she added.

‘There are so many micro-aggressions and double standards that are very prevalent in our society… Men can post plenty of pictures of them shirtless with chest hair and armpit hair, but a girl posting a positive picture about her armpit hair and a happy trail? Absolutely unheard of!’

TWITTER REACTS TO STUDENT’S UNSHAVEN HAIR PICTURES 

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