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Madonna showed Friday that after decades of pop stardom she can still suprise her fans, when she shared a selfie on Instagram showing her unshaven armpit.

The Queen of Pop captioned her picture, which she shared Friday, with "Long hair...... Don't Care!!!!!! #artforfreedom #rebelheart #revolutionoflove.”

Her followers on Instagram responded with a mixture of support, shock and incredulity. While one follower described the picture as "disgusting," another suggested it was photoshopped. A third said that is was a fake  gesture "From someone who gets a $500 full body wax."

In an interview with Harper's Bazaar in December 2011, Madonna talked about her decision in high school not to remove body hair.

"Going to high school, I saw how popular girls had to behave to get the boys. I knew I couldn't fit into that. So I decided to do the opposite," she told the magazine "I refused to wear makeup, to have a hairstyle. I refused to shave. I had hairy armpits."

"The boys in my school would make fun of me," she told Harpar's Bazaar. "'Hairy monster.' You know, things like that."

Madonna was not the first pop sensation to shock and awe spectators with their armpit growth. Two years ago, Lady Gaga pulled a similar stunt and donned turquoise armpit wigs at a concert at the Much Music Awards.