I still find it incredibly frustrating but also utterly baffling that Instragram continues to enforce such a harsh censhorship policy when it comes to body parts—especially nipples. Given that society uses our female bodies to sell virtually anything nowadays, and X-rated nudity (read: a sex tape) is the key to overnight success, it seems ironic that anyone maintain such a “conservative” policy, let alone an app which I would argue is the ethos of our time.
Though completely different, these three pictures could have been taken by the same woman: a woman who is confident in her own sexuality but not gratuitously so. I love the contrast between these three shots:
That tonal, super-sexualised peach shot that reveals nothing but says all (including that cheeky emoji that I personally so love to use and abuse);
The fashion victim shot, where every inch of skin is hidden (not very 2016), yet feels so anchored in the now (hello Vêtements vibes!);
And the naked shot, an up-to-date still that reminds me of Gainsbourg burning that 500 francs note live on French TV.
As originally published for Space Matters.
Ph. (left to right): Jeanne Damas Instagram; Tumbler; Larry Hoffman Instagram.