Halsey's Rolling Stone cover has people talking about her unshaved armpits, natural hair

Fans of Halsey — and some non-fans alike — have a lot to say about her new Rolling Stone cover.

The “Without Me” singer, 24, landed the cover of the mag’s “Hot Issue,” but you may not know it’s her at first glance. There are no wigs or bright eye makeup. Instead, “Pop’s Queen of Chaos” is sporting her natural hair, flashing her unshaved armpits and her skin color appears darker to some. All of these things are being dissected on social media.


Initially, there were a lot of comments about the performer’s skin tone in the photo. For instance, some Instagram comments:

“Why does Halsey look black here? Who changed her looks and skin color? She usually doe[s] not look like this!”

“Why they made her skin darker? She is light. Isn’t this black-facing?”

“I was shocked honestly to see a brown Halsey.”

“When I saw her on SNL she was white and blonde. This doesn't look like the same person.”

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“This girl pulling out the fake bake wanna be brown so bad.”

“Why does she look almost like caramel? Isn't she white?”

While it’s not clear what Photoshop or makeup magic was done, because so many people didn’t seem to know, the answer is no. Halsey is biracial – her father is African-American and her mother is white. (In a 2017 interview with Playboy, Halsey said that while she may mostly “look like a white girl ... I don’t feel like one. I’m a black woman.")

She also showed off natural hair, which is rare because she loves wigs — every length and color. People dug it:

It seems that even more praise was reserved for Halsey’s stubbly pits on the music mag cover. While there was some criticism too, the majority of Instagram comments were positive about letting her natural beauty show:

“Yes pits!!!”

“Shout out @iamhalsey for not shaving your pits and @rollingstone for not asking her to.”

“Much respect for not airbrushing her pits.”

”I continue to be disappointed in the amount of people who can’t handle body hair and also think that you should care about their opinions of your own body hair.”

“I love the armpit hair so much. Disappointed by the people in the comments telling her to shave or ‘letting her know’ it’s there. She knows it’s there, her photographers do too. Conscious liberation.”

“Hey y’all so Ms. Halsey here is a woman who is indeed biracial and does indeed grow hair under her arms. “I’m sorry she’s thriving and embracing her summer tan, natural hair, and not photoshopping her armpits. She’s real af and I love her to death.”

The singer has been busy bopping around promoting her new song “Nightmare,” including a set at the Summertime Ball in London. She was also recently on vacation in Mexico with her boyfriend Yungblud.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Singer Halsey performs on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on June 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Halsey (Ashley Nicolette Frangipane) and Lauren Jauregui perform during Soundcheck on NBC's 'Today' Show at Rockefeller Plaza on June 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Pereira/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Halsey is seen on June 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Singer/songwriter Halsey performs during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Singer Halsey arrives at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: (L-R) Musician Andrew Taggart singer Halsey and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers attend the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Polk/BBMA2017/Getty Images for DCP)
CARSON, CA - MAY 13: Singer Halsey arrives at 102.7 KIIS FM's 2017 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 13, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09: Singer Halsey at the Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI) honors Barry Manilow at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BMI)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer Halsey visits Music Choice on May 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0668 -- Pictured: Musical guest Halsey performs on May 4, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - APRIL 13: Singer Halsey (L) and artist Ron Bass celebrate Three Olives� Vodka Find Otherness, on April 13, 2017 at The Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by David Crotty/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Singer Halsey attends the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala at Pier 36 on May 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Singer Halsey attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
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