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ruby rose is a supporter of #freethenipple, but not in this way

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this is just wrong

Ruby Rose is a model, actress, and DJ, but most importantly, she's also a proponent of self-expression. Since becoming a public figure, she has become an educator for gender fluidity and encouraged millions of people—old and young—to be open and accepting of other peoples' rights and realities. But just because she's comfortable with herself, doesn't mean that others can take advantage of her. Unfortunately, though, that happened when Untitled Magazine posted an eight month-old interview and photo shoot with the Orange Is the New Black star. 

According to Rose, she previously had a conversation with the publication about the photos, in which both parties agreed not to run an image that showed the actress' nipple. But then, months later, the image surfaced online, and Rose found that the magazine published the photo anyway, ironically in their "Girl Power" issue. Although the photo doesn't run alongside the interview online, it is reportedly in the magazine's hard copy.

 

I am pro "free the nipple" so when I was tagged in this photo by fans I wasn't sure where it came from but I assumed a BTS from a friends shoot or one where we had approved slightly transparency in an image. Imagine my shock to find that @theuntitledmagazine decided to publish images of me after we explained we wouldn't be doing the shoot if I wasn't appropriately covered. The difference with working with a friend and or choosing to use nudity for art / and someone taking the piss and exploiting you is two different things. Not only is this 8 months old.. The photos unapproved but they also sold photos to other publications. The interview made no sense 8 months on.. Please if you are a fan of mine boycott this issue. Or you are buying into greedy, exploitative propaganda. I have plenty of other shoots I'm proud of with professionals coming up its not needed in your collection.

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Rose, who posted the photo on her social media accounts a few days prior, took down the photo and explained that she originally didn't know where the photo was from.

She has also gone head-to-head with the publication on Twitter.

With all this, we urge anyone who comes across the photo to please not post it. 

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Upon retiring, she moved out to the Hamptons with her partner and bought a home. If she had to do it all over, May says "there are a lot of things I wouldn't do," but she still considers herself "one of the luckiest kids on the face of the earth." Get to know May in the video, above.

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