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Noor Ashikin Abdul Rahman
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014

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Don't be a tit by flashing privates in public

The New Paper | Noor Ashikin Abdul Rahman | Saturday, Jun 7, 2014

Rihanna's Instagram account "mysteriously disappeared" last month after she posted topless photos from a shoot with Lui magazine.

When it comes to lady parts, I prefer them to stay that way - hidden.

So I won't be caught dead with mine on display, even when more women are fighting for their right to do just that.

But that's just me. It appears more and more female celebrities have no qualms with baring all - and by "bare", I mean no star- shaped pasties or strategically-placed arms, and certainly no bras.

This year's Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Icon award recipient Rihanna is a shining example, flashing her nipples in a sheer, Swarovski-studded "gown" when she received the honour on Monday.

Even her stylist Mel Ottenberg called it "so naked" and labelled himself "a prude just catching up".

The 26-year-old Barbadian singer - who has already been going braless in the past couple of months courtside at NBA games - certainly has no issues with her near-nakedness.

"Do my tits bother you? They're covered in Swarovski crystals!" she said at the event.

Or was it actually a very public statement in show of support for Scout Willis, now infamously known as the #FreeTheNipple campaigner?

After all, she had re-tweeted a Twitter post that suggests Willis was "protesting Rihanna's Instagram ban".

Willis, a recent Brown University graduate and daughter of Hollywood stars Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, made headlines when she walked around topless in New York last week - legal under state law but not on Instagram.

She had taken to Twitter to protest Instagram's "prejudiced" nudity guidelines.

The photo-sharing and social networking site had disabled Willis' account over "instances of abuse" after she posted photos of herself in a sheer top and of a handmade jacket with a photo of two topless friends emblazoned across the chest.

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