If you haven’t heard of “Free the Nipple,” let us explain. It all began with a film “Free the Nipple,” directed by Lina Esco and released in December 2014. The drama-but-inspired-by-real-events film takes on the over-sexualization of female breasts. Men can bare their nipples in public, but women can’t.
According to Free the Nipple, it’s “illegal in the United States for women to be topless, breastfeeding included, in 35 states.” The movie has spawned a movement which includes women shedding their shirts and tops for the cause and sharing their photos. Sounds like a win for everyone! Here are 10 of the more famous advocates for the nip cause.
In late December 2014, the former “Hannah Montana” star posted a topless Instagram pic with the caption, “some lame ass def gonna (flag) that but f-k it. #practicewhatchupreach #FreeTheNipple #FreeatSh-T.” Unsurprisingly, it was later removed by Instagram due to its no-nudity policy. For the NSFW uncensored shot, click here.
“The Fast and the Furious” star supported the Free the Nipple movement, but unfortunately not with her own nipples, but a T-shirt instead. She also tweeted, “I believe this thing is too evolved for American men and may create a rape case influx if past but love the cause :)” We’re not exactly sure what she means, but then again we may not be evolved enough.
Supermodel Cara Delevingne joined the Free the Nipple cause with an Instagram post on July 10, 2014 where she compared a man’s nipple with a woman’s. There are no faces, so it’s impossible to know if it’s her with the covered nip, but we’d like to think it is.
Lean Dunham, star and creator of the HBO series “Girls,” is no stranger to controversy. She shared a shot of her herself getting ready for the “Golden Globes” wearing pasties. Pasties look real, but aren’t, so that’s why Instagram didn’t take the photo down.
Yep, Bruce Willis’ daughter got in on the topless action. On May 28 of last year, to protest Instagram’s anti-nudity policy, she walked around New York City baring her breasts. She wrote, “Legal in NYC but not on @instagram.” For the uncensored pic, feel free to click here.
No stranger to Instagram nipple controversy, Rihanna supported Scout Willis on Twitter with the all-capped cry “FREE THE NIPPLE.” Rihanna’s story began after she posted a pic of her “Lui” cover on Instagram, which then caused Instagram to temporarily delete her account. All of it caused bad publicity for IG and its double standard of removing pictures of breast cancer survivors and breastfeeding moms, while allowing photos of large-breasted men. For a link to her uncensored shot, click here.
Scout’s sister got in the action of supporting the cause, too. However, she did it with a T-shirt — and a third boob!
Our favorite elf and all-round hottie daughter of rocker Steven-Tyler, Liv felt the need to bare her breasts in a T-shirt while taking a bath. See? Another win for everyone.
We said 10, but here’s a bonus story. Julia Price, a singer/songwriter and Viner, attended a fundraiser for Free the Nipple hosted by none other than Russell Simmons. Julia made her statement by showing up topless. Sadly, there was a severe lack of wind and her hair stayed pretty well in place.
Or course, there have been female celebrities who’ve been teasing the nipple long before this movement: History’s Finest Celebrity Nip Slips