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Carina Hardy (@cccaaarrrhhh) wants to free the nipple –– with jewelry.
“Everything I see, think and create is about the breast. I am obsessed,” says the 23year old designer, “it started with the nipple: the pinnacle of the physical and metaphorical breasts, the epicenter of sensitivity, intrigue and stigma.” This tension made Carina want to challenge nipple censorship.
“I was inspired to make jewelry that both adorns the breasts and armors against the patriarchal gaze by calling attention to a part of the body which is otherwise covered and obscured.”
The jewelry she designs for her brand Elppin (‘nipple’ spelled backwards) is deliberately provocative. “It is a direct challenge to the notion and practice that breasts should be veiled from the public eye.”
Follow @cccaaarrrhhh’s story this week.