between the ma’at tattoo under her breasts, countless instagram pics and the recent lui magazine cover, rihanna’s breasts receive lots of attention. therefore, we shouldn’t be shocked that her nipples played a starring role when she received the cfda fashion icon award last night. rihanna’s dress was covered in swarovski crystals — and not much else.
she looked ethereal, almost other worldly with the sparkling dress, gloves and head wrap. with the dress and her nipples earning a spot in media outlets around the world, i’m wondering what it means for a woman to bare her breasts and disregard norms that typically make such an action taboo.
first, rihanna’s pixie dust dress demands a conversation about double standards. in a society where the way a woman dresses invites judgments about her purity and sexual mores, women are held to much stricter rules about acceptable styles of dress than our male counterparts. for example, why is it appropriate for a man to show his chest, but not a woman? pondering this very question, scout willis (demi moore and bruce willis’s daughter) recently started the #freethenipple campaign to protest instagram’s rules that ban women’s bare breasts, including those of breast cancer survivors and breastfeeding mothers, but allows bare chested pictures of men. in fact, rihanna’s lui magazine cover was initially removed from her instagram account by the social media empire for this reason.