It used to take a Superbowl-sized wardrobe malfunction to get the inside scoop on which stars were hiding nipple piercings under their red-carpet gowns. But according to a
top celebrity piercer, there are far more stars with pierced nipples than we could possibly imagine. “If they’re done properly, they will be very minimal and most people won’t even notice,” Brian Keith Thompson told Refinery29 (while gamely answering just about ). every question a person could have on the subject But nipple piercings have been freed, so to speak. In the past few years, celebs haven’t exactly hid the most private of their piercings. Thanks to paper-thin shirts, pap strolls, Instagram, and a new wave of body confidence, stars like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid are exposing the edgiest of accessories with the frequency of an outfit change — no scandal required. Ahead, see which stars are exposing their piercings with pride. Prepare yourself: These looks are so cool, they may just spark barbell dreams of your own. Kendall Jenner Jenner admitted to Page Six
that, yes, she has a
. She says she got hers
her younger sister Kylie, and that her barbell came as a result of a temporary rebellious phase. "Having my nipple pierced isn't really something I make a big deal of, but I think people are obsessed with the topic because it seems so unexpected of me," Kendall
explained on her app
in 2015. "Before I even decided to go for it, I just liked showing my nipples through some of my outfits; there's something understated, yet sexy about it."
Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/amfAR/Getty Images. More Kylie Jenner
Jenner's nipple piercing isn't new, but unlike her big sister, she rarely shows off the jewelry. The 22-year-old hinted at a nipple piercing on Snapchat in 2015, but it wasn't until a year later that she confirmed the
body jewelry in a photo
for her Kylie Jenner Shop merch.
Photo: Jackson Lee/GC Images. More The model revealed her incog piercing in 2015 at the 95th Anniversary Party for Bella Hadid Vogue magazine, thanks to a black halter dress that caged her décolletage in black mesh. Photo: Dominique Charriau/WireImage. More Two things revealed by Swanepoel when modeling this look: She has a killer strut (duh) and girlfriend rocks a nipple piercing. Candice Swanepoel Photo: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni. More Paris Jackson
Things that the
Standing Rock activist
and actress j’adores: peace, tattoos, and double nipple piercings.
Photo: Dominique Charriau/WireImage. More Christina Milian
How do you one up your mom when she get a “God is Love” tattoo? If you have a reality show and are Christina Milian, you get a
nipple piercing on camera
Photo: MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock. More Keke Palmer
Anyone who follows Palmer on social media knows that the star does her own thing. Case in point: She posted a picture of this nipple-exposing outfit on
(nudity policy be damned), which reveals a typically-hidden piercing.
More Bad Gal RiRi’s sheer sparkly gown worn to a CFDA event in 2014 left little to the imagination: It fully exposed a nipple piercing (well, and nipples, too). Rihanna Photo: Randy Brooke/Getty Images. More Part of what makes Stewart the ultimate cool girl is her mystique. The private star can’t be found on social media and typically uses a “less is more” approach when answering interview questions. It also doesn’t hurt that Stewart has an elusive nipple piercing, something that’s is so rarely captured, that it was last photographed in 2010. Kristen Stewart Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Burberry. More Rooney Mara
Mara got her right nipple and eyebrow pierced when preparing for her role as Lisbeth Salander in
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
. "It was actually not that painful," she told
in 2011. "Everyone thinks that would be the most painful...It just felt like a good one to get — a necessary one to get." Mara removed her eyebrow ring after filming, the publication reported. But the nipple ring, she kept. "It's not something I want to ever get re-pierced," she says. “So I'm going to keep it in."
Photo: SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty Images. More Sure, America may have lost its mind when Janet’s nipple ring was exposed during a Super Bowl performance. But while everyone else was freaking out, we couldn’t stop thinking, “How cool is that sun-shaped jewelry?” Janet Jackson Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images. More Bella Thorne
Thorne showed off a new nipple piercing in a
photo back in 2017. Although it's not as if the body modification came without warning: She
tweeted a teaser
just a few days before.
Photo: Maarten de Boer/Getty Images Portrait. More Christina Aguilera
showing off a new ear piercing, Xtina uploaded a "piercing road map" that broke down the 11 she got before it. While the list
include her belly button ("too overplayed," she explained), Aguilera did confirm she has her right nipple pierced. "Forgot how much I love getting pierced....so euphoric for me...wonder what else I should get done again," the caption read. Maybe that means she'll spring for the left one next?
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