Disney Channel star Dove Cameron took to her Instagram Tuesday to share her thoughts on how going braless is as much a fashion choice as it is a representation of female empowerment. (Somewhere, Emily Ratajkowski is giving her a standing ovation.)
On Tuesday, the Descendants star shared a quote that seemingly explained the statement she was making through her wardrobe decision. “Women HAVE a history that has been systematically suppressed," she wrote. "Our collective spirituality has largely been tainted to fit the needs of men and those in power. This has a profound effect on the self-esteem of girls and the women they become. This influence can be seen in their life choices, partners and financial security for the rest of their lives. It also has an effect on the way their future partners will view them - and ultimately treat them. Our girls deserve better.”
Cameron then posted a mirror selfie and included an excerpt written by the author of Singing Woman: Voices of the Sacred Feminine, Elizabeth Eiler. The quote details how all versions of female expression should be accepted and celebrated. “This is the age of the ascendant Feminine Principle," she wrote. "In such times as these, women are able to look at themselves with new concepts of value and brilliance. However you inhabit and express being Woman, embrace yourself in that way today!”
Wearing a bra is a choice and it isn't one that should ever be questioned, which Dove's followers applauded in the comments section. “I’m proud to say you are my role model because you’re always so positive and you stand up for what’s right,” one fan wrote.
The photos also drew criticism from those who seek to detract. In response to one of the critics, Cameron concurred that her braless selfie wasn't going to spark a feminist revolution, but that the point of the posts revolved around choice. “I agree with you in the sense that it is not that deep or groundbreaking whatsoever,” Cameron responded. “But it’s only a big deal because this society is so beyond backwards that they have demonized basic anatomy and are very ! up ! in arms ! about female bodily freedom.”