'Men are judged!' - Eamonn Holmes hits back at gender equality claims in 'body hair' debate

Isabel Webster and Eamonn Holmes

Isabel Webster and Eamonn Holmes hosted a body hair debate on Wednesday

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 23/08/2023

- 09:15

Updated: 23/08/2023

- 10:51

The panel on Breakfast with Eamonn and Isabel on Wednesday morning debated whether or not female body hair was empowering

Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster welcomed Amy Anzel and Radhika Sanghani onto Breakfast on Wednesday to discuss the topic of female body hair.

The debate arose after social media influencer Lydi Winter went viral in recent weeks after sharing several snaps and videos proudly showing off her body hair.

Anzel was the first to voice her opinion on the matter, claiming that women should maintain smooth skin as it promotes their femininity.

"It is a bit shocking," she told Holmes and Webster. "I was pretty grossed out by it."

Anzel did clarify that it is "your body, your hair, you can do whatever you like" but argued it was "unattractive, unfeminine, unkempt and unclean".

Holmes chipped in to ask: "Are you just conditioned that way though, through media?"

Isabel Webster and Eamonn Holmes speak to their guests

Amy Anzel and Radhika Sanghani joined Isabel Webster and Eamonn Holmes


To which Anzel replied: "Well, look, we live in Western society and there are some things that are just expected of women.

"And we've come a long way baby, as they say, and it's important we look kempt.

"We brush our hair, we brush our teeth and we shave our body hair. It's par for the course as a woman," Anzel finished as Webster then brought Sanghani into the debate.

She hit back: "I think that fact that we're even having this question of, 'Is it offensive?'... We wouldn't ever say that about a man, would we?"

"That question in itself just shows how gendered this is and how unfair this is for women.


"Looking at this photo of this woman [Winter], it is surprising because we just don't see women doing this and that's obviously why it's gone viral because it's surprising but that doesn't mean we shouldn't!"

Sanghani then claimed women "don't have choice" when it comes to doing what they want with their own bodies, suggesting we "need more women like her" to prove there is no need to conform to the norm of smooth skin.

However, after Sanghani finished her argument by saying women "could still be beautiful with body hair", Holmes interjected to argue back at a key point she'd made.

"I'm listening to what you said there, Radhika, but the idea you say that a man wouldn't be judged on body hair...

"I do think men are judged on body hair from their head downwards," Holmes explained.

"If a man has hair around his nose for instance, or his hands - I see people often called gorillas or what have you if they have hair on the front of their hands."

"Or no hair on their head," Webster chipped in to back Holmes as he then went on: "So it can be a problem for lots of people."

Isabel Webster and Eamonn Holmes embarrassed

Isabel Webster was left a tad embarrassed by Eamonn Holmes' probe


When Holmes then asked if Sanghani was personally comfortable with hair, she revealed she'd undergone laser treatment to have it removed.

However, she argued that she'd paid for the treatment for "equality" because "I got to live like a man" by "leaving the house without thinking about my body hair".

Sanghani then conceded that Holmes was "right" to point out that "men can be judged", but she continued to argue "women do too".

"It's just obvious that women get it on a level that men don't," Sanghani argued further before Anzel came back in to conclude the debate.

She laid out: "Ultimately, life's not fair, I try to teach that to my seven-year-old.

"It is not fair," she added before revealing she'd sold millions of products to help with female body hair and has received floods of positive reviews for giving women the tools to eliminate body hair.

"It makes me feel good because I know when a woman looks good, she feels good inside," Anzel concluded.

Holmes called time on the "interesting" debate as Webster admitted her laptop was "blowing up" with emails from viewers who wanted to share their views.

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