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Madonna reposts raunchy photoshoot as she slams Instagram for taking down original post

The singer shared an uncensored photoshoot to the social media site before it was removed for breaching their guidelines
Madonna (Ian West/PA)

Madonna (Ian West/PA)

Clodagh Meaney

Madonna has reposted a raunchy photoshoot to Instagram after the social media platform removed her original post.

The 63-year-old queen of pop slammed Instagram as she shared the bedroom snaps once again - this time covering her exposed nipples with a heart emoji.

“I’m reposting photographs Instagram took down without warning or notification,” she said.

“The reason they gave my management that does not handle my account was that a small portion of my nipple was exposed. It is still astounding to me that we live in a culture that allows every inch of a woman’s body to be shown except a nipple.”

Madonna went on to slam the move as sexist, ageist and misogynistic.

“As if that is the only part of a woman’s anatomy that could be sexualized. The nipple that nourishes the baby!”

“Can’t a mans nipple be experienced as erotic ??!! And what about a woman’s ass which is never censored anywhere. Giving thanks that I have managed to maintain my sanity through four decades of censorship…… sexism……ageism and misogyny.”

She also went on to compare the move to lies perpetuated about Native American Indians.

“Perfectly timed with the lies we have been raised to believe about the pilgrims peacefully breaking bread with the Native American Indians when they landed on Plymouth Rock! God bless America."

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The ten images show the singer posing on and under a black framed bed with white sheets. A cherub figure adorns the wall above. Madonna’s long bleach blonde locks flow over her body as she dons fishnet tights, a thong and a bra. Some images show the legendary pop artist topless, or with a nipple spilling over her bra. She paired the look with sky high black Louboutin shoes.

Instagram's official Community Guidelines state that nudity is not allowed on the platform and that the female nipple is considered as such.

There are exceptions to this rule including images in the context of “breastfeeding, birth giving and after-birth moments, health-related situations (for example, post-mastectomy, breast cancer awareness or gender confirmation surgery) or an act of protest are allowed.” Female nipples and nudity shown in paintings and sculptures are also allowed.

Their guidelines read: “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."

Many celebrities have been outspoken about Instagram’s rules surrounding female nudity on the site.

Lena Dunham, Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna, Cara Delevingne and Naomi Campbell have all backed the #FreeTheNipple movement.

Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live about the rules, Miley Cyrus, who has been a big advocate for the movement said: “The nipple, what you can't show, is what everyone has. But the jug part that everybody doesn't, you're allowed to show underboob. I've never understood the way it works.”

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom previously said that because of Apple's App Store regulations, if an app contains nudity, it has to be rated 17+. However, the company wants to remain at its current 12+ rating in order to attract a younger audience.

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