Who can forget Lil Kim’s now infamous purple bejeweled pasty breast-baring jumpsuit she wore to the 1999 MTV Video Music Award?
Some might view it as the ultimate fashion faux pas — while others might see it as laying the initial groundwork of the latest menswear trend taking over the red carpet.
Throughout the years, a handful of Hollywood’s leading ladies have lent their bosoms to the “free the nipple” movement. Some of the most notable pro-nipple looks worth mentioning include Rihanna’s iconic naked dress, which she wore to the 2014 CFDA Awards to accept the Fashion Icon Award. The skin-baring showstopper, designed by New York designer Adam Selman, featured more than 50,000 crystals.
Another it-girl heavily invested in the movement is model and repeat offender, Kendall Jenner. Some of her most memorable looks include a see-through Alexandre Vauthier mini dress and a transparent tulle Schiaparelli number, both worn at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Fashion onlookers were initially shocked by these brazenly braless ensemble choices, but as more and more female celebs continue to step out in peekaboo numbers the once controversial trend has become an accepted dress code on the step and repeat.
However, the free the nipple moment seems to be gaining momentum — thanks to a new wave of famous gents with a pro-pec fashion MO.
Harry Styles showed his support while serving as a co-chair at this year’s Met Gala dressed in a head-to-toe black Gucci ensemble. The singer was all about freeing the nipple a la Gucci’s feminine frills, donning a sheer pussy-bow blouse with a tailored pant and patent leather dress shoes.
Following in Styles’ fashionable footsteps, “American Horror Story” star Cody Fern had an intentional nip slip over the weekend. The actor chose a black Maison Margiela suit with a sheer turtleneck underneath as his first chesty foray in support of the free the nipple movement.
Who will be the next fashionable gent to bare all? Our money is on Timothée Chalamet and Jared Leto, who have proven time and time again they aren’t afraid to take fashion risks.
By Bree Bonagofsky