Chrissy Teigen’s topless photo pushes Instagram’s policies to the limit

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It’s not the first time she’s posted a nude photo to Instagram, either.

This article contains sexually explicit material.

Model Chrissy Teigen pushed the limits of Instagram’s nudity policies yet again with her latest post.

She shared the NSFW photo for her shoot with W Magazine on Instagram Monday. The caption read, “Honored to be in the company of such gorgeous women!” while thanking the people involved.

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As of presstime, Teigen’s photo is still up on Instagram.

It’s not the first time Teigen has posted an Instagram photo featuring nudity. A 2013 nude photo she posted after drinking some wine was deleted, but one from last year of her and her husband John Legend where Teigen is wearing a sheer top is still on the site.

Instagram has always banned nudity on the site and has been accused of censorship by people who felt their photos were wrongfully taken down or their accounts banned, but it updated its nudity policy in April to allow photos of post-mastectomy scarring and breastfeeding; nudity overall would still not be allowed.

We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.

It’s a policy that many, including Miley Cyrus, Chelsea Handler, Rihanna, and Scout Willis have protested, with the #FreeTheNipple movement sparking a feature film.

Update 10:03am CT, June 30: Predictably, Teigen’s photo was removed from Instagram after a few hours. She proceeded to upload the photo several more times in rapid succession—and issued this warning on Twitter:

Update 4:29pm CT, June 30: The nipple is back, at least for now. 

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Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.