On Tuesday, April 29, Rihanna posted her cover for French magazine Lui to Instagram. The photo, shot by Mario Sorrenti, featured the singer opting out of a hand bra, revealing her nipples.
For anyone who follows Rihanna on Instagram, the only shocking thing about the Lui cover was the fact that she is wearing a bucket hat. Instagram, however, felt the image was a violation of its nudity policies, suspending Rihanna's account until the photo was removed.
According to TMZ, Instagram further threatened to permanently shut down her account, with unnamed sources noting that they would respond in a similar manner given future violations.
Now, there's a conversation to be had here about the issue of over-sexualizing the nipple. Caitlyn Becker sat down with Huff Post Women Editor Emma Gray and Director and Producer of "Free The Nipple" Lina Esco to do just that, and both emphasized that this is clearly an artistic, non-raunchy photograph, which should not have been grounds for censorship.
Anyway, after you have your own intellectual conversation about sex positivity, please enjoy Rihanna's perfect response to the controversy: