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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Ireland Baldwin: Why should men be topless?

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Ireland Baldwin

American Icons event at Macy's Herald Square, New York, America - 21 May 2014
Ireland Baldwin

Ireland Baldwin thinks Instagram's outlook on breasts is "effing stupid".

The 18-year-old star is the daughter of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, but has paved her own way with her modelling career. Along with the likes of Rihanna and Cara Delevingne, Ireland supports the Free The Nipple campaign, which is an equality movement and mission to empower women through social media.

Being a regular user of Instagram, Ireland has seen firsthand the way it reacts to females showing off their assets.

"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. 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," she bemoaned to cosmopolitan.com.

"I had this conversation the other day with one of my best guy friends. I said, 'It's so unfair that you get to walk around with your shirt off all the time, and women don't.' It's weird, you know?"

Ireland recently landed a campaign for label Rampage and models its Fall 14 collection in new advertisements. The blonde beauty is recognisable by her enviable curves and tattoos on her left arm, which each have a meaning.

"These are all drawings that I've drawn myself, but the one I have here [points below left breast] is probably my favourite. It says 'Try a little tenderness,' because that's my favourite Otis Redding song," she shared.

"This David Bowie one ['We can be heroes'], another close person in my life has the same one. We both have matching tattoos. And this one [the bra] is because I used to love drawing bras and panties and lingerie when I was little. I used to love little sketches of lace dresses and things. And this one's a lotus, and I got it because I drew a lotus one day, and I was like, 'I want that.'"

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