From living in an era where showing a little bit of leg was frowned upon, women have surely come a long way. When it comes to fashion, women have undoubtedly defied society's once prude standards of how a woman should look and have reclaimed their freedom. And for that, you have to give it to women.
While some may argue that women today overshare and show too much, a woman's body is her own, nonetheless. In fact, there has been several movements, most notably the 'Free The Nipple' film and campaign, which have fought to alleviate the double standards when it comes to the human nipple. Supporters believe that a woman's breast are sexualized in a way that men's aren't.
Lina Esco, founder of the Free the Nipple Movement once stated: "This is what we had to do in order to pave the way for equality to be talked about. There is no way the wheels would be turning unless something was going to spark it, something controversial. And that was Free the Nipple." As far as some of these celebrities go, we may not know their personal stance on the issue, however, I'm sure all women can agree that bras in general are annoying and uncomfortable. There is nothing more beautiful than being comfortable in your own skin, literally.
12 Drew Barrymore
11 Selena Gomez
10 Rita Ora
9 Chrissy Teigen
8 Katy Perry
Singer Katy Perry has made it clear that she is not one for the conventional bra aesthetic. The "Firework" singer has worn costume bras in the shape of cupcakes, movie reels, and peppermints (just to name a few). Why does she choose to ornate an already esteemed area? Well, it may be because it took her a while to embrace her body. In a Rolling Stone interview, the singer explained:
"I started praying for [breasts] when I was, like, 11. And God answered that prayer above and beyond, by, like, 100 times, until I was like, 'Please, stop, God. I can't see my feet anymore. Please stop!'"
6 6 Beyoncé
The queen can get away with anything, and that includes going bra-less on the cover of GQ's 2013 February issue. Beyoncé has made it clear she is here for women empowerment with her all-female band and lyrics supporting feminism. While we may not be able to live a day in the life of Queen Bey, she offers some close advice:
"There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist -- whatever you want to be -- and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive."
5 Kendall Jenner
4 Nicki Minaj
Nobody can rock a pink wig and fill out a tight dress quite like rapper Nicki Minaj. Since her debut in 2009, she's topped the charts and has not been afraid to show her fellow rappers who's boss. Empowering and unafraid best describe not just her rap lyrics, but her demeanor as well. She prides herself on being a boss and a businesswoman all while embracing her sexuality. The rapper has gotten very cheeky on Instagram several times embracing her curves, and we're not talking about her smile. Nicki Minaj proudly flaunts her body as a pillar for women-empowerment. In an interview with Vogue, she stated:
"There are sexual things that I do that aren't for a man. I feel empowered sometimes by being sexy and being comfortable enough to be sexy on camera — a lot of woman struggle with that. But there are some days that I don't want anyone to see me. I'm just a regular girl. Some days I'm super strong; some days I'm super insecure."
3 Kim Kardashian
The head honcho leading the Kardashian empire, none other than Kim Kardashian comes at number three. With a curvaceous body like hers, we see why. She has posed nude on several occasions-- showing that even post-baby, you can still be sexy. In 2007, Kim first posed nude for Playboy and while she claimed she would never pose nude again, she has obviously had a change of heart since then. The reality-star turned MILF has suggested that she has felt empowered by her post-pregnancy body and would support her daughter North posing nude. But before you raise an eyebrow, she explained in an interview with 92.9 in Australia:
"I would support anything she wants to do. I don't do anything with the intention to promote anyone else doing it—that's not even what I'm trying to do. I do it because I'm proud of it. And it empowered me to feel good about myself after I had gained 500 pounds and looked like a huge slob for so long."
1 Miley Cyrus
Sources: etonline.com, cosmopolitan.com, gawker.com, rollingstone.com, huffingtonpost.com, perezhilton.com
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