Why Adele's beard confession was the best thing I've heard this week
As if you needed another reason to love Adele, I'm about to give you one — while on stage in Scotland during a March 26 concert, Adele confessed, "When I got pregnant I had so much testosterone in me that I grew a beard."
What's more, not only is Adele not ashamed of sprouting some errant hairs during pregnancy, she's also totally forthcoming about the fact the little buggers aren't going anywhere... despite the fact her son, Angelo, turned 3 last October.
"I only cropped it last night," she told the crowd. "It's actually true. I'm not telling a joke. I actually have a beard, but I'm proud of it. I call it Larry."
Could I love this any more? I'd like to take a moment to give Adele all the applause for doing what, in my humble opinion, too few celebrities of her stature do: acknowledge something totally normal yet unnecessarily stigmatized about the female body.
Like Adele, my pregnancy with my son resulted in an abundance of body hair. In fact, I sprouted hair in places I didn't realize one could sprout hair. I distinctly remember calling my sister one night to tell her that if no one heard from me for days to send in a search party, because I'd discovered a jarringly downy patch of hair just below the back of my knee and I was going after it with a razor.
And don't even get me started on my toe hair during pregnancy. What once didn't exist had turned into tiny tufts at each joint. Like toupees. Or, should I say, toe-pees? (Ba-dum-tish!)
Here's the thing, though: I don't just have "unwanted" body hair during pregnancy. While the hormones kicked the stragglers into overdrive, the truth is I routinely find hairs where they don't belong that need to be plucked.
I even have this one mutant hair that my husband has made a sport of finding. I kid you not, it looks like a hair from my head, but it always pops up on my back or shoulder or — TMI, you guys — even the top of my ass.
Is it kind of embarrassing to talk about? Sure, but that's the point: It shouldn't be. The more women are made to feel bad about these things, the more we will. You know? Why should we feel embarrassed about something that is a normal human occurrence? After all, we are normal humans.
Adele, in addressing the presumably thousands of people at her concert, stripped away the stigma. She made it cool to be honest and imperfect. More of that, please! Whether it's talking about periods, body odor or, yes, chin hair, we shouldn't have to feel ashamed when talk turns to one of these things that are a natural byproduct of having a body. We've all got those, right?
Hearing a celebrity like Adele make typically taboo topics for women, such as facial hair, a comfortable conversation isn't just refreshing — it's necessary. We need more women who aren't afraid to tackle the stuff that might feel uncomfortable at first, because that's how we'll effect change. That's how we'll change the conversation.
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