The supermodel bared her breasts on Instagram, but why?
Legendary supermodel Naomi Campbell posted this extremely artisterotic image on Instagram Tuesday afternoon, tagging it with the viral #freethenipple hashtag. In recent months, that hashtag has become a rallying cry for feminists angry at the censorship of female nipples, in particular on social networks like Instagram.
True to form, Instagram deleted the post later on. But the real controversy with this story has to do with Campbell's motives. As you can see in the caption, the image is one part feminist protest and one part plug for her upcoming book. The 45-year-old Campbell has never been shy about her body (and why would she be?), but some are saying she's using her nudity as a cynical ploy for publicity this time, and co-opting a meaningful movement in the process.
Has Campbell made a mockery of hashtag activism? Is that even possible? Or is this just a simple nudie pic with no greater meaning? We may never have an answer, no matter how long and intensely we stare at this photo. But that won't stop many concerned parties from trying.