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don’t fear the nipple
we all love a good cleavage shot—women’s clothes are specifically designed to enhance it, men go crazy at even the slightest hint of a woman’s décolletage—but it’s the bare breast, in particular a woman’s nipple, that makes people a little uncomfortable. when a woman exposes her nipple and we “clutch our pearls”; we’re now in x-rated/erotic territory?!? how can we, as a society, be so obsessed with women’s breasts, yet have such a great distain for the nipple? the nipple is technically what makes a breast, a breast; so what are we afraid of? this is the question anja rubik asked after her magazine’s instagram account was deleted by the social media giant, for posting images that “contained partial nudity,” namely a pic of rubik walking the runway in a sheer anthony vaccarello fall 2014 look that exposed her nipples.
as the fall 2014 collections were presented during paris fashion week, one trend seemed to pop up repeatedly: the exposed nipple, from anthony vaccarello to gareth pugh, nipples were everywhere. when a young kendall jenner strutted down the catwalk in a transparent marc jacobs top—bare breasts on display—there was a simultaneous gasp across the world. the negative comments quickly surfaced, but many defended the fashion trend, warning against the
a woman’s body is in fact miraculous. it is a thing of beauty and should be celebrated, but this is not something we should leave up to society to conclude.
photo credit for all three images: anton oparin/shutterstock.com
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