A young woman has hit back at a vengeful admirer who she’d previously rejected after he shamed her for Instagram photos in which she posed braless in a top.
Whitney Dickson, 20, uploaded images of herself wearing the Boohoo garment but, hours later, the Romeo demanded she cover up by putting on a bra.
Although her nipples were visible under the shirt, Whitney said she wasn’t “flaunting them to be sexy”. She blocked the man, who she believes was upset that his previous attempt to woo her by sliding into her Instagram DMs was rebuked.
Whitney, who is an accountant, said: “I can’t control whether my nipples are poking out or not.
“I’m not flaunting them to be sexy, they’re just part of my body.
“The man who told me to ‘put a bra on’ is somebody who’s tried to message me in the past trying to talk to me. He’s just been rejected to be honest with you.
“When he said that in all honesty I was about to delete the photo and then I thought ‘no why am I going to let someone dictate what I’m going to do?’.”
The singleton, who wears a 34C bra, is urging both men and women to wear what they feel confident in and not be “dictated to by society’s standards.”
Whitney, from Dudley, West Midlands, added: “It got me quite riled up, who did he think he was telling me what I can and can’t do?
“Then I did the complete opposite and I posted it everywhere and got very annoyed by it.
“I did reply to the message, I said that I shouldn’t have to, that I hadn’t worn a bra in months and I sure as hell wasn’t going to start now. I blocked him after that’.”
Finding bras uncomfortable, Whitney tends to stick to comfier bralettes but admits she’s also ditched them in recent months while working from home.
On this occasion she was wearing an £18 satin tie-front balloon sleeve blouse from Boohoo that’s designed to be worn without a bra.
Whitney said: “I haven’t worn a bra for a very, very long time especially during lockdown.
“Personally I don’t find them comfortable, if I’m going to wear one it’s more like a bralette.
“While working from home you don’t have to worry about anyone seeing anything and [you can enjoy] the comfort of not wearing one.
“But at the same time, why should we feel we have to wear one?
“When this happened I’d got dressed and done my hair – I wasn’t going anywhere, I just got dressed because I was bored.
“I just felt nice, decided to take some pictures and uploaded one and I got that message a couple of hours after saying I should put my bra on.
“I’m a very opinionated person as it is so I decided to put it on social media and it just blew up from there.”
After sharing the exchange on social media, Whitney said she was inundated with hundreds of comments from supportive social media users applauding her for calling the rude Romeo out and praising her decision.
Whitney said: “I got more than 400 compliments from one of the girls’ groups I shared it in.
“A lot of girls commented saying that they don’t feel comfortable wearing things because of how society has made them feel.
“A girl went into my mum’s tanning salon and she said the post gave her the confidence to go out and wear a top that she didn’t feel confident wearing. It made me feel really good to inspire someone like that.
“At the end of the day you shouldn’t have to sit there and think ‘ooh is this a bit too revealing?’ If you want to wear it you should wear it.
“You should be able to feel happy in your own body, you should be you and embrace it.
“Quite a few people commented that the top, which is cropped and you wrap it into a bow, shouldn’t be worn with a bra anyway.
“If you wore one with it you’d be able to see it and then the next thing would be ‘I can see your bra you shouldn’t be flaunting your bra’. You can’t win.
“I’ve seen plenty of men that have bigger boobs than me and many girls I know and they walk around with their nipples out.
“It’s fine for them to do it but when women do it’s the end of the world.”
“If I do not want to wear a bra, you best believe I’m not wearing a bra.”