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I’ve always maintained that God knew what she was doing when he decided to give me just a sprinkling of breasts. Because if I did have them, I can assure you that I would have them set out for the world to see. I’m talking cleavage, titty meat displayed prominently with the help of low cut tops. The works. Still, in all of my fantasies I don’t think I envisioned myself showing areola and nipple in public…and especially not on the internet. I don’t think that’s much of a surprise, many of us draw a hard line at nipple. But NeNe Leakes is not like most women. And recently she put her girls on display in a way many of us have never seen from her before. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfby-qgH_OR/?hl=en&taken-by=neneleakes

 

Let’s dive in here: “When you’re an elder ain’t nobody looking no ways.” I’d beg to differ. Not only because NeNe knew exactly what she was doing. She knew the people would not only look, they would chat. And sure enough, there was plenty of talk about a woman who just turned 50, showcasing this part of her breasts.

queen_naptural:  I HATE WHEN PEOPLE SAY THIS SHIT “I’m comfortable in my skin, so I’ll let the world see it” JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE, doesn’t mean WE NEED TO SEE YOUR PRIVACY! It’s yours and you lover to see, not me, my future children or my parents or whoever else to see …IM NOT YOUR DOCTOR WHO EXAMINES YOU…NEITHER IS ANYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD! THIS SHIT IS ANNOYING.

Maybe she just meant men…because they didn’t seem to be all that concerned.

Another woman wrote:

hotasb: “Why can’t she embrace her age damn!!! Tf everybody can’t be young I like her but she is over doing it!!

NeNe took time our to respond to this one.

“I’m very comfortable in the skin I’m in which is why I’m letting you see it! Um do u make these comments on Kim K’s page?

I can’t lie, my first thought was Kim K. is not 50. But then that made me feel like I was being ageist. To be honest, when I see Kim K with her boobs displayed or her a$$ crack high and lifted up, I either roll my eyes or stare off into space, blankly. Seriously, Kim K’s naked body is boring at this point.

What I will say is that when I see young women showing their bodies, if they don’t rely on it, I don’t have a problem with it. Rihanna consistently finds a way to let us see her nipples. It’s high fashion, edgy.  Amber Rose showed us mounds of pubic hair. I reposted it. Because there is something empowering about a woman, particularly a Black woman, deciding what to do with her body.

While I can’t say that I’m trying to live that Leakes life, there is something refreshing about a woman of this age not only owning her body, but putting it on display like the young girls. Granted these breasts probably aren’t the ones NeNe was born with, if she paid for them they’re her’s just the same. And the very act of her sharing them is kind of radical.

I mean, like she and so many older women have said, there is this notion that sexuality and sexiness cease to exist after a certain age. And that’s a sad sentiment. Not to mention an untrue one, considering how much the senior citizens still manage to get it in.

What do you think about NeNe’s decision to bare her breasts? Do you feel differently when young woman do this same thing?

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.
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