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Before Kim Kardashian (opens in new tab), Kendall Jenner (opens in new tab), Bella Hadid (opens in new tab), and literally every other celebrity in 2017 were freeing their nipples, the women of Old Hollywood had it covered. Or rather, uncovered. As we all know, nipples are nothing to be ashamed of and everyone has them, so all the high fives to these throwback stars.
The actress lounges on the set of You Were Never Lovelier wearing a dress that *just about* frees her nipples. Pretty scandalous for 1942, and you know 2017's naked dresses could never.
Lillian GishLillian Gish was an iconic silent film actress, who by the looks of this amazing photo, clearly had no f*cks to give when it came to wearing a bra. This particular image was taken in 1951—again, a pretty conservative time.
Here's the stunning Raquel Welch posing for a fashion shoot in 1968, making the case for going braless in a sheer white blouse.
British singer Marianne Faithfull freed the nipple in a lovely floral blouse that we can definitely see the likes of Gigi and Bella wearing circa right now.
Okay, so this is less freeing the nipple and more freeing everything *except* the nipple, but still counts and then some.
A closer look at the actress in this magnificent '60s era dress.
Rita Hayworth, popping up again to break a few more sartorial "rules"—this time in 1945.
Not even Kim Kardashian has worn a dress this sheer. The 1970s were truly the coolest decade.
Sophia Loren had a feminist moment while filming Boy on a Dolphin in 1957.
But nothing beats Loren in this circa 1964 outfit—where she freed her spider-style nipple pasties as opposed to her actual nipples.
May we present Marlene Freakin' Dietrich in 1950. Bow down.
Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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