Naomi Campbell posts topless #FreeTheNipple photo, Instagram yanks down pic

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Naomi Campbell is just the latest celebrity to join the gender equality campaign called “Free the Nipple,” this time with a topless image of herself on Instagram.

The campaign is intended to highlight the disparity between nudity rules for men and women, with men’s bare-chested photos and other barely-covered images given more leeway than similar images of women.

Although Campbell’s image was taken down in just 20 hours, that is longer than other images, such as that of Chelsea Handler, have lasted on Instagram, though the image is still there on Twitter, which has more lax rules about nudity.

Instagram’s rules state that “You may not post violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos or other content via the Service,” while Twitter allows “graphic content” in tweets but not in profiles: “You may not use pornographic or excessively violent media in your profile image, header image, or background image.”

So, in posting the image of herself, Campbell was risking more than just having her image taken down. She might also have had her account deleted by Instagram. But thankfully, she’s still here, which means she can still keep fighting against the gender gap in nudity norms.