Leave it to Katy Perry to talk about leg hair in the middle of an otherwise glowing review of an American Idol performance. The 36-year-old judge (and new mama) revealed that she hasn’t shaved her legs since she gave birth to daughter Daisy in August 2020 – and she did it in the most random, candid way.
“Your voice is a spiritual experience,” Perry said after contestant Cassandra Coleman’s performance last Sunday. “It is otherworldly, angelic. As a new mother, I don’t have very much time so I’ve quit shaving my legs. But when you sang, the hair on my legs grew an inch-and-a-half. Full body chills! It was amazing.”
Perry didn’t stop there either. She promptly proved her point by putting her legs up on the judge’s table to show off her fuzzy gams. “She literally has leg hair,” fellow judge Luke Bryan confirmed.
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The pop star, and fiancée of Orlando Bloom, followed up her revelation the next day with a complimentary tweet, for good measure. Oh, Katy. Never change!
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) April 5, 2021
Although this might seem like a casual, throwaway comment, it’s actually yet another example of celebrities pushing back against gender norms – and we’re here for it. Whether it’s Amandla Stenberg or The Crown‘s Emma Corrin showing off their armpit hair or Lil Nas X’s gloriously gay smash-hit music video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” celebs continue to push the envelope, to varying degrees.
Yes, Perry’s comment may be nothing more than a throwaway remark, but the positive reaction its generated on Twitter speaks volumes. We appreciate you and your leg hair, Katy!