AN INFLUENCER’S decision to ditch her bra has been applauded by her followers.
She has become comfortable with her body and if people feel awkward about her bra-free status, then that is their problem, she said.
In a post to her YouTube channel, Angelina Nicolle detailed her journey to embracing life with no chest support.
“Why I never wear bras, why I stopped wearing bras, and why I will never wear bras ever again,” she said emphatically in her post.
“I want to address how to be confident not wearing bras,” she said, “since we live in a society where women are kind of expected to wear bras.”
Angelina’s journey has been a slowly dawning realization that a bra really need not be an essential part of her wardrobe.
She admitted to wearing “super-padded” Victoria’s Secret numbers when she was in eighth grade.
“Sometimes I would wear two bras at the same time to make my boobs look bigger because I have really small boobs,” she admitted.
She confessed her number one priority at that time was to get male attention: “I wanted all the boys to like me, I wanted the boys to notice me, I wanted them to find me physically attractive.”
Reflecting on that time, she said: “I think that’s a pretty natural thing, and it’s pretty sad because I spent so much time worrying and focussing on that when I could have just been living my life.”
One of the biggest barriers women have when it comes to going bra-free, said Angelina, was the fear that their nipples would be visible.
“You have to remember it’s just a body part,” she stressed, “and we should all be ok with it.”
But she admitted she felt vulnerable when she first went out without a bra.
“I would feel everyone was looking at me. I would just feel it was really noticeable,” she said.
“In a recent try-on haul someone said they could see my nipple piercing through my shirt,” she recalled.
But she didn’t let that stop her.
“Wearing a bra should be a personal choice and you don’t have to do it. I feel so much freer now. I don’t care. I walk with my shoulders back.
“If someone is uncomfortable with my body I don’t feel like that is directed towards me. It is their problem, not mine.”
There were over 50,000 views of her post, with many queuing up to share their experience.
“Omg yes. I never wear bras and I have fairly large boobs and it took me a while to realize that they don’t actually matter and I’m so glad I did,” confessed this viewer.
Another said: “I’m a D cup and I’ve been going braless a lot and it’s very empowering and freeing. Everyone needs to ditch their bras.”
Finally, another had signed up for the no-bra club: “I recently stopped wearing bras and feel so free and confident,” she said.