‘I’m living my best life. I feel so free’: Middle-aged women who go braless hail Gillian Anderson, 52, a hero for vowing never to wear on again even if it means her ‘breasts reach her belly button’
- Gillian Anderson, 52, vowed on Monday to never wear a bra again after lockdown
- Actress Gillian, 52, joked she doesn’t care if her breasts ‘reach her belly button’
- Middle aged women all over the world have taken a similar stand against bras
She’s a glamorous award-winning actress, but on Monday Gillian Anderson vowed to never wear a bra again after lockdown because they are ‘too uncomfortable’.
Gillian, 52, joked she doesn’t care if her breasts ‘reach her belly button’ but that she’s ‘too lazy’ to wear the undergarment when hosting an Instagram Live in which she answered various questions from her 1.8million fans.
But it appears the actress is hardly ahead of the curve, since middle aged women all over the world have taken a similar stand against wearing bras – with one on Twitter explaining that she hasn’t worn one for 20 years.
And in June, an American blogger took to Instagram to declare she was ‘ditching the bra’, explaining: ‘It’s so liberating and I’m living my best life. I feel so free.’
Middle aged women all over the world have taken a similar stand to Gillian Anderson against wearing bras. Pictured, one Instagram user explaining how she’s going bra free
In June, an American blogger (pictured) took to Instagram to declare she was ‘ditching the bra’, explaining: ‘It’s so liberating and I’m living my best life. I feel so free’
A British Instagram user showcases her new look after stating she would be abandoning bras
On Monday, one fan asked The Crown star to explain what her go-to outfit was during lockdown and she provided a very comical response.
As she sat on her sofa in Atlanta, she explained: ‘It’s probably the same one as my out of lockdown outfit. I mean, I’ve gotten so lazy and I don’t wear a bra any more. I can’t wear a bra. I can’t, no, I can’t. I’m sorry.
‘I don’t care if my breasts reach my belly button, I’m not wearing a bra any more. It’s just too f***ing uncomfortable. So yeah, comfortable black track pants and a matching hoodie. I’d wear that every day if I could.’
Her words have since sparked a flurry of people on social media explaining they plan to follow in her footsteps and ditch their bras – while others admit they’ve already binned the undergarments.
Liberating: Gillian Anderson vowed to never wear a bra again after lockdown because they are too uncomfortable and joked she doesn’t care if her breasts ‘reach her belly button’
Reaction: Her words have since sparked a flurry of people on social media explaining they plan to follow in her footsteps and ditch their bras – while others admit they’ve already binned the undergarments
‘I haven’t worn a bra in at least 20 years. If men had to wear jockstraps held up by suspenders every day, they would understand what women go through,’ one American Twitter user wrote.
Another said: ‘Cheers to Gillian Anderson for saying out loud what so many of us women already think/do. No more bras!’
‘Preach! I ditched my bras at the start of the pandemic and haven’t looked back!, a third wrote.
Kat Parks, from Miami, previously asked people for a ‘a good reason why women are expected to cage their breasts in oppressive bras’
Meanwhile, JC Page shared her own braless snap as she urged others to ‘normalise not wearing a bra’ in a caption alongside her Instagram post
Another woman from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, took to Instagram to reveal that she has been ‘bra free’ for a year, writing : ‘365 days bra free!!! And continuing… Let freedom reign’
Michelle Vickers (pictured), 56, from London, said she has stopped wearing underwired bras since the Covid-19 lockdown hit and urged other women to ditch their ‘painful’ bras
Michelle Vickers, 56, from London, previously told FEMAIL that she stopped wearing underwired bras during the Covid-19 lockdown and urged other women to ditch ‘painful’ bras in favour of something more comfortable.
EXPERTS SAY GOING BRALESS MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO COOPER’S LIGAMENT
Victoria Shelton, Garment Technologist at www.Figleaves.com, previously told FEMAIL that if breasts are unsupported they could suffer damage to the Cooper’s Ligament, the connective tissue in the breast that help maintain structural integrity.
Garment Technologist Victoria said: ‘Our wardrobe needs have changed as we find ourselves at home. But we all still need to wear a bra as our breasts need to be supported – due to their weight you may damage your posture or have back pain if your breasts aren’t fully supported.
‘If breasts are left unsupportive damage can occur to the coopers ligament in the breast, causing them to sag.’
And Dr Riccardo Frati of Frati Cosmetic Surgery explained that bras are important in maintaining support as breasts tend to sag over time due to gravity and age.
He told FEMAIL: The bra will always support and hold up the breasts and not wearing one can affect the Coopers ligament. Breasts will also naturally sag over time due to age and gravity.’
Meanwhile Anna Akerlund, head of sales at Luxury French underwear brand Lousia Bracq, explained that going without a bra could affect your posture – especially for large breasted women – and the shape of your breasts.
She said: ‘There are so many benefits and few excuses not to wear a well fitted bra; posture, comfort and the enhanced curvature.
‘Putting on a well fitted bra should feel like you are not wearing a bra. Everything held in the right place with the right amount of support to the breast and shoulder that also provides an enhanced shape. This is especially important for women who require larger cup-sizes.’
The CEO of the Head and Neck Cancer Foundation said before lockdown, she would constantly have a dent in her shoulder from ‘uncomfortable’ underwire bras, a problem which disappeared when she stopped wearing ‘proper bras’.
She revealed that she will ‘never’ go back to sporting the ‘agonising’ bras that she used to wear after switching to more comfortable alternatives during lockdown.
Michelle said although she has not gone braless, because she needs to wear bras everyday as she is ‘big busted’, she has swapped her underwire bras for ‘comfy’ and soft T-shirt bras.
She explained: ‘Before lockdown, I used to have that dent in my shoulder and I don’t have that anymore.
‘And I had this permanent dent in my shoulder, which I don’t have anymore! And it’s simply because for the last year, I have not been wearing proper bras.
Michelle explained that lockdown made her realise she doesn’t want to wear bras that cause her pain, saying she believes other women will feel the same way as they return to in-office working.
The Women’s Aid trustee continued: ‘I don’t want to spend a minute having to think about it and run my hands under my boobs where it’s digging into me or rubbing my shoulders because of the strap marks.
She added: ‘Let’s be more thoughtful about our underwear and the need for it. If you don’t need to wear a bra, don’t bloody wear one.
‘Even if you’ve got big boobs and you feel comfortable without one, just don’t wear one.
She added: ‘I asked my other girlfriends, who are all different ages and shapes and sizes, and everyone of them said the same thing – that nobody is wearing ‘proper’ pre-lockdown bras and that everyone has gone to these soft bras.
‘Which to be really honest if I’d seen someone in one of those soft bras I would have said “what’s wrong with them, why aren’t they looking after their breasts properly and having them propped up properly where they should be”.
‘But cleavage isn’t everything. It’s so funny I used to think cleavage was everything because I have nice big boobs, but cleavage isn’t everything,’ she said.
‘There’s other parts of you, including your personality, that’s more important than that.’
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