Nipples are everywhere.
Lady celebrity nipples are like caterpillars slowly birthing into full-on butterflies. They’re like, “Set me free, let me the fuck out!” Or perverted photographers are subtly suggesting the look for photoshoots and starlets are like: sure, I’ll do it!
They’re the new it girls and their thirst for fame is more desert parched than the Kardashian/Jenners. The feminist in me didn’t quite have resolve around the parade of celebrity nipples. Until Chrissy Teigen, that is.
Supermodel, TV host and wife of John Legend (with more personality than John Legend), posted a topless photo from a recent super hot W magazine shoot on Instagram. The social media mega brand clapped back with a Rihanna-esque delete, except Teigen wasn’t entirely banned, Instagram brand snatched her photo like someone’s edges!
the nipple has been temporarily silenced but she will be back, oh yes, she will be back
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 29, 2015
Chrissy tweeted, “Shit. I didn’t think it was that bad but I’m on the wine!” Yes! Pinot Noir for all!
The model seemed to be all good with IG’s decision to remove her photo in the beginning, but her annoyance seemingly sat in. Teigen posted another photo toeing the parameters of nudity, strategically covering the slight peak of her areola with a hairspray bottle. She simply captioned: “HAIR”,
Just before the clever post, she tweeted, “The nipple has been temporarily silenced but she will be back, oh yes, she will be back.”
A photo posted by @chrissyteigen on
While Instagram’s house rules are uptight, Hollywood is totally here for the nipple!
Just recently our fave TV star Taraji P. Henson covered W, (is this a theme here, W?) and without a pouring of controversy, the ‘Empire‘ star’s nipple modestly sneaked out of her unbuttoned crimson blouse to say hey to everyone.
Henson, and loads of her admirers, including us, posted the stunning image on Instagram, followed by no deletion by the company.
But nipples don’t stop at Teigen and Henson.
No one freed the nipple quite like Rihanna!
Badgalriri freed the nipple, booty, and just about everything else in the transparent, Swarovzki-soaked gown designed by Adam Selman. Of course this spawned a lot of hate, most famously by ’90s girl group TLC.
Shortly after Rihanna’s explosive CFDA appearance, and breast-uncovering, T-Boz commented in a video interview, “Every time I see you, you don’t have to be naked!” The raspy singer continued, “We sold and became the biggest girl selling group of all time, with our clothes!”
Rih Rih’s navy didn’t take to that too kindly. They woke the shady beast in Rihanna who used her Twitter means to not so subtly read both T-Boz and Chilli posting an old photo of TLC, who happened to be topless covering their nipples with just their hands. The singer captioned, “When there’s no changing the fact that I’m me, and they’re well, they’re them.” Op!
Just the other day, Rihanna stepped out with her brother Rorrey Fenty in Santa Monica, California wearing a casual black sheer top that exposed her girls, again.
Kim Kardashian shows off her nipples and quite often. We’re not so sure if this counts in the ‘free the nipple’ moment, because it’s never really a moment. It’s like every other day.
But we don’t support slut-shaming or nipple-shaming. Women every where have the natural-born right to do just about whatever we want with our breasted bodies. Maybe nipples are tired of being trapped in our Calvin Klein brassieres. Maybe they need some sun. Maybe their deserve to have their picture taken, too. Maybe they’re tired of being upstaged by our plunging décolletage.
And like Janelle Monae so brilliantly declared, “Get off my areola!”
What do you think of the celebrity nipple moment? Out of order or girl power? Sound off!
Photo Credit: W Magazine, AP, Getty Images