Long before the #Freethenipple movement, Rachel Green (played by Jennifer Aniston), was gracing us with her lovely pair on prime time television. Back in the ’90s and early aughts, Aniston’s nipples would often make their now beloved cameos, their outlines visible through shirts, sweaters and dresses. And we didn’t mind. Why should nipples be hidden anyway?
Though the actress never really spoke on the topic during the show’s 10 seasons, she recently opened up to Vogue about it.
“Yeah, I don’t know what to say about that! It’s just one of those things, I guess,” she explains. “I wear a bra, I don’t know what to tell ya! And I don’t know why we’re supposed to be ashamed of them — it’s just the way my breasts are! But hey, OG, I’m not going to complain!”
And now that Friends is on Netflix, there’s a new legion of fans ready to embrace their inner Rachel.
“It’s a weird resurgence, it’s like you’re frozen in time,” Aniston says. “Girls come up to me thinking that I’m still on the show! I’m so proud that it could have a second wind and still feel relatable, though.”
So there you have it. Before there was Kendall, Paris Jackson, and the Hadid sisters, Rachel Green paved the way towards nipple freedom even before hashtags were a thing.