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Jena Malone: Free your nipples!

Jena Malone feels sassier after playing Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games movies.

Jena Malone grew up with the "MTV image" of unattainable perfection.

The Hunger Games star has been in front of the camera since she was 12 so knows all too well how much importance is placed on looks. However Jena is part of the movement Free The Nipple, which aims to stop female nudity being seen as so scandalous. Stars such as Cara Delevingne and Scout Willis have bared their breasts in support of the cause, as did Jenna.

"When I posted #freethenipple on Instagram, it was about going for a hike with some of your best girlfriends and being like, 'These are my nipples,'" Jena told Britain's Marie Claire magazine. "And maybe you like them and maybe you don’t, but the message is to be OK with them – feel strong and proud of your body.

"We grew up in the MTV era that was full of unattainable perfection, which creates a lot of negative thinking... All these movements are veering towards being more body confident, healthy and aware of your own sexuality."

The campaign has spread like wildfire, and seen both men and women get involved. Jena thinks it's important for the boys to show their solidarity, as it means one step closer to equality.

"I feel that there’s not only a shift towards strong women, but also sensitive men – and you can’t have one without the other," she explained. "It’s about allowing both genders to be equal in their own rights, which is far more exciting than just female empowerment."

In the last few years Jena has been a part of the mega successful Hunger Games movies, and she admits knowing it's all over has been intense. The final instalment Mockingjay - Part 2 hit cinemas earlier this month (Nov15), and Jena will miss her alter ego Johanna Mason.

"I think I have the same kind of fierceness and my character Johanna when it comes to protecting my family," she smiled. "She’s got some deep-rooted issues, but I love her strength and humour. She’s quite sassy. (Playing her) has maybe brought out a little bit more sass in me!"

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