'Bachelor' alum Bekah Martinez bares unshaven legs to a red carpet event: 'It was a big deal for me'

Bachelor alum Bekah Martinez is sharing a message of empowerment with her Instagram followers after attending a red carpet event with unshaven legs.

Martinez, 24, took to her social media on Friday to share a couple of photos from an event with fellow alums from the ABC franchise, Corinne Olympios and Kendall Long, where she wrote about overcoming a big insecurity.

“I went to a red carpet event without shaving my legs!!” she captioned the slideshow, which featured a photo of Martinez rocking visibly hairy legs. “This may sound really dumb, but it was a big deal for me. I’ve finally gotten to the point where I feel (almost) totally comfortable like this.”

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Every mom bod is different— some are thin and some are round, some are wrinkly and some are hairy, some are light and some are brown. No one’s body is “🤢”. If you think otherwise, kindly fuck off or unfollow 🙃
just a couple of bums in the sun 😎
It ALWAYS feels good to be outside. Haven’t been backpacking in a couple years so I felt SO out of shape, but had such a wonderful time staying up at Lake Genevieve—we had the place all to ourselves :)
In other big news...TODAY WAS MY FIRST DAY BACK AT UC IRVINE IN THREE YEARS!! New vid about it on the link in my bio!! If you have questions about it the video should answer some of them :) . Mama’s gonna finish that degree! UCI’s on the quarter system which is why I’m starting so late. Being back in college (especially pregnant) feels WEIRD. I feel a little self-conscious, but I’m soooooo grateful to go back to school. I’m so lucky to have access to higher education and I love to learn.
THESE ARE THE LENGTHS MY CHEESY ASS REALLY WENT TO FOR MY BACHELOR CASTING PHOTOS 😭😭😭 #Blindsided #DidntKnowWhatWasComing (this isn’t me hitting on ol’ Pete. He’s too busy cuddling with his dog and doing pull-ups or something)
sometimes ya feel like putting on a face full of makeup and pushin’ up ya boobies. #thiswomantellsall
when it’s the end of the week and you’re exhausted but glam is life #proglam
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the most beautiful/hilarious/successful/wonderful/driven woman I know. Seinne, I love you. happy late birthday sweet girl. glad a crazy tv show brought you into my life. #bigsis
surrounded by white to amplify my tan 🕶✨
tonight was special. 🖤 @ariejr
went to a cat cafe today and i almost chained myself to a coffee table so they couldn’t make me leave when my hour slot was up
enjoying life one canadian tuxedo at a time. . styled by @thisiskelsie shot by @iiamlegend makeup by @mua.susie
such a strange time. the in-between space. I don’t know what to do with myself or how to spend my hours. so for now I lay here in lazy afternoons, cuddled up next to my giant pregnancy pillow. (yes, they are worth every penny)
when you eat nothing but sugary crap for three days and try to make up for it with a cold-pressed juice 💁🏻‍♀️
missing high-waisted jeans and small boobies today.
the crop tops aren’t going anywhere anytime soon 😂 last night at DWTS was a blast!! go vote for our boy Joe ❤️😘
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The mother-of-one explained that her body hair is something she grew up “HATING” after being teased for it and even sneaking her mom’s razor to start shaving at nine years old. But after becoming pregnant, she decided to overcome the panic that struck her every time she nearly went somewhere without shaving.

“It’s not about ‘not believing in shaving,’ it’s about believing I AM BEAUTIFUL, ATTRACTIVE AND ‘FEMININE’ NO MATTER WHRE I HAVE HAIR ON MY BODY,” she wrote. “It’s about showing girls you don’t have to listen when society tells you your natural features are ugly or gross.”

The post received thousands of reactions, including those in praise of Martinez for “pioneering for us not as brave.”

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'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette': Length of every winner's relationship
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'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette': Length of every winner's relationship

"The Bachelor" (Season 1): Alex Michel didn't propose to Amanda Marsh when he chose her over Trista Rehn back in 2002, and they broke up after several months of dating.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 2): Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz broke off their engagement after just a couple of weeks, continuing the franchise's early struggle to result on a long-lasting relationship. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 1): Trista Rehn (now Trista Sutter) and Ryan Sutter are the ultimate Bachelor Nation success story. After getting married on national TV in 2003, the couple welcomed two children together and are still married 14 years later!

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"The Bachelor" (Season 3): Andrew Firestone proposed to Jen Schefft at the end of his season, but the couple broke up a few months later. They reportedly remained friends.

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"The Bachelor (Season 4): Bob Guiney didn't propose to Estella Gardinier at the end of his season, but he did give her a promise ring that she happily accepted. Clearly, the promise didn't last long, as they broke up a few weeks after the season aired.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 5): Jesse Palmer and Jessica Bowlin broke up after several weeks of dating. They never got engaged. (Photo by Michael Hickey/WireImage)
"The Bachelorette" (Season 2): Meredith Phillips picked Ian McKee, who proposed to Phillips in the season finale. They broke off their engagement a year later in February 2005. (Photo by J. Merritt/FilmMagic)
"The Bachelor" (Season 6): Byron Velvick and Mary Delgado were together for five years, but eventually broke up in 2009.
"The Bachelorette" (Season 3): Jen Schefft initially didn't choose either of her final two men, but during a live final rose ceremony, Schefft ended up choosing Jerry Ferris. When Ferris proposed, though, Schefft denied his proposal. Get all that?
"The Bachelor" (Season 7): Charlie O'Connell (brother of actor Jerry O'Connell) and Sarah Brice dated on and off for five years before calling it quits for good in 2010. They were never engaged. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
"The Bachelor" (Season 8): Travis Lane Stork, who you may recognize now as a current host of "The Doctors," and Sarah Stone broke up shortly after their season of the show aired in 2006.
"The Bachelor" (Season 9): Lorenzo Borghese and Jennifer Wilson dated for about four months before breaking up in January 2007. Borghese never proposed. 
"The Bachelor" (Season 10): Andrew Baldwin proposed to Tessa Horst in the season finale of his season, but the couple ended their engagement a month later. They continued dating for a few months before breaking up for good in the fall of 2007.

"The Bachelor" (Season 11): Brad Womack made history by choosing neither DeAnna Pappas nor Jenni Croft, leaving him with nobody at the end of the season.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 12): Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas got engaged on the season finale, but broke up just a few months later in the summer of 2008.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 4): DeAnna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak set their wedding date for a year after the finale of their season, but broke up before they could get there after six months of dating. Pappas would later return for Season 13 of "The Bachelor," and Csincsak ended up marrying a contestant from that same season.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 13): Jason Mesnick chose Molly Malaney over original winner Melissa Rycroft after he ended his engagement to Rycroft. Mesnick and Malaney famously wed on a TV special called "The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding" in March 2010. They welcomed their first child together in 2013 and are still together. 

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 5): Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski were engaged for a little over a year before breaking up in July 2010.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 14): Jake Pavelka proposed to Vienna Girardi at the end of his season, but the couple called off their engagement just a few months later.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 6): Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez were engaged for 15 months before ending their relationship in November 2011.

"The Bachelor" (Season 15): Brad Womack was given another shot at love after ending Season 11 without a woman. He proposed to Emily Maynard during the show's finale after the couple had broken up during their season. They were engaged for just a few months before breaking up in May 2011.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 7): Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum got engaged on the finale of their season and married over a year later in a televised wedding. They share two children together and are still together.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 16): Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson broke up while their season was airing, but resumed their engagement for another six months or so before ending things for good in October of 2012.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 8): Emily Maynard and Jef Holm were engaged for about six months before going their separate ways.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 17): Sean Lowe proposed to Catherine Giudici in the finale of his season, and they got married in January of 2014. They have one child together, Samuel, who was born in July 2016. They're still married.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 9): Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried got married two years after their season wrapped in January 2015. They share one child together and are still married.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 18): Controversial Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis didn't propose to Nikki Ferrell, but they dated for over half a year before breaking up in October 2014. 

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 10): Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray ended their engagement about half a year after their got engaged. Murray would later be engaged to Amanda Standon from Season 20 of "The Bachelor," who he met on "Bachelor In Paradise" Season 3, but they broke up just six months later.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 19): Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff ended their engagement less than three months after the finale of Soules' season.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 11): Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth got engaged in the season finale of their season in the summer of 2015, and they're still engaged and living together in Nashville.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 20): Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell enjoyed a little over a year of being engaged, before announcing their split in May 2017. They had starred on "Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After" together in the fall of 2016.

(Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 12): JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers got engaged on the season finale of their season in the summer of 2016. They're still together and living in Dallas.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 21): Nick Viall proposed to Vanessa Grimaldi on the finale of his season and broke up nearly 5 months later.

(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

"The Bachelor" (Season 22): Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposed to Becca Kufrin on the finale of his season, but it was revealed that they broke up during filming and during that time, Luyendyk had gotten back together with runner-up Lauren Burnham. They got engaged on the After The Final Rose special and married in January 2018. They're expecting their first child together this year. 

(Photo by Paul Hebert/Getty Images)

"The Bacheloetter" (Season 14): Becca Kufrin accepted a proposal to Garrett Yrigoyen on the season finale. The couple is still engaged.

(Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

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“What’s natural should never be looked at as ugly, and you’re such a great example of embracing all of you!” one person wrote. Another commented, “Learning how to be comfortable with yourself is hard — you’re doing awesome.”

However, the post also received backlash from people who called the unshaven look “gross.” One man, who goes by John James on Instagram, went so far as to make an entire Instagram story criticizing Martinez’s message. Martinez later posted it to her own story.

“I’m just confused cause it seems like nowadays a girl can do anything and call it self-love or women empowerment. So where do we draw the line of just going, ‘Ok this is kind of weird’?” James said in the video. “I would never date a chick or could not be attracted to a chick who had armpit hair more than me and more leg hair than me.”

James also posted a poll where he suggested that Martinez showed off her leg hair just to get attention.

In response, Martinez pointed to the end of her original caption, which read, “Remember, if someone has a problem with the way you look, that’s an issue with THEIR mentality, not YOUR body.”

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Julien Hug was 35 when he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, just one year after he competed for Jillian Harris' love on 'The Bachelorette' in 2009. His suicide note, addressed to his parents, was read aloud at his funeral: 'I've suffered from severe depression for years. I feel awful and don't know how to cope. If life's not enjoyable, why stick around?' Following his death, his girlfriend told press, that his TV stint 'was not even one percent of who he was.'

Alexa 'Lex' McAllister died in 2016, six years after she competed on 'Bachelor' Jake Pavelka's season in 2010.  The cause of death was officially ruled a suicide via drug overdose. She had suffered from depression and bipolar disorder and was 31 when she died.
Gia Allemand, who competed on Season 14 of 'The Bachelor,' committed suicide by hanging in 2013 at age 29. Her then-boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, found her in her house, and she passed away not long after she was taken to a New Orleans hospital. Vienna Girardi, who won that season, called Gia a 'beautiful girl and an unbelievable friend ... She seemed so happy, but you never know the demons people are fighting inside.'
Erin Storm, who compete for Matt Grant's love on 'The Bachelor' in 2008, died in 2016 in a plane crash. The 41-year-old was flying the plane when hit went down in Los Angeles. There were no other passengers, and the plane was engulfed in flames when authorities arrived.
Eric Hill, 32, was paragliding in Utah when his parachute collapsed. The 'Bachelorette' contestant, who tried to woo Andi Dorfman, had been traveling for more than a year in an attempt to visit every country in the world. He died while his season was still filming in 2014, before his own episodes aired.
Michael Nance, a 2012 'Bachelorette' contestant, made it to week 4 before being eliminated by Emily Maynard. He was found dead on Memorial Day (May 29) 2017 at age 31. Authorities said it was "not a suspicious death."
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