Why Scout Willis Walked Around New York Topless

She's protesting Instagram's anti-breast policy

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 29, 2014 9:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – Scout Willis spent Tuesday walking around Manhattan, sans top, while a professional photographer followed her around taking pictures, which Willis then tweeted with the hashtag #freethenipple. Why? She's mad at Instagram. Willis, Bruce and Demi's 22-year-old kid, had one of her photos removed by the picture-sharing site last week because it included two topless models, which Instagram said violated its community guidelines. So Willis started sharing all sorts of pictures of breasts and changed her middle name on the site to "Areola" (sic), though you can't see that right now because her account is disabled, the Daily Dot reports.

She then took to Twitter, posting pictures of her topless stroll with the captions "Legal in NYC but not on @instagram" and "What @Instagram won’t let you see." It is legal for women to be topless in public in New York City, though the Daily Dot notes that they are still sometimes arrested for it, and Free the Nipple is a documentary about the fight against the city's censorship laws. People notes that Willis' crusade comes after Rihanna's Instagram account was taken down after she posted topless photos from a magazine shoot, and Gawker adds that Willis' current Twitter avatar is one of those photos. Click to see Willis' topless photos.

This May 4, 2009 file photo shows actress Scout Willis, the daughter of actors Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, at the Nylon and MySpace Young Hollywood Issue Party in Los Angeles.
This May 4, 2009 file photo shows actress Scout Willis, the daughter of actors Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, at the Nylon and MySpace Young Hollywood Issue Party in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)
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