Ireland Baldwin, daughter of Alec Baldwin, has never been shy about her body — the 19-year-old celebrity kid has already been known to ditch her top at the beach. And now she's using her bod to express her thoughts on Instagram's famously contested policy that bans photos of female nipples, though she's doing it differently than a lot of stars — she's not actually breaking the rule.
Baldwin posted a photo on Sunday of herself stripping off her wetsuit on a beach near Big Sur, California, and even though her boobs are bare, she used a bumblebee emoji to cover up her nipples, making the photo OK as far as Instagram's community guidelines go.
Instagram's famously strict guidelines were just updated last April. While before, the rules were so strict even breastfeeding pics weren't allowed, the updated version reads, "We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that shows sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too."
But many Instagram users, including celebs like Chelsea Handler and Chrissy Teigen, have been less than shy in letting the photo-sharing site know how they feel about male nipples being OK while female nipples are cause for having photos removed.
Baldwin previously spoke about the policy during an interview with Cosmopolitan, sharing her own thoughts on why the no-nipple rule needs to go.
"To be honest, I think that it's so effing stupid, because there are boobs and nipples all over Tumblr, all over Twitter, all over the world," she said. "Just walk around and there are boobs all over life, and in great artwork, in classic paintings, and in sculptures; it's everywhere. Instagram is just behind the times."
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