However, her latest photo doesn’t have every fan cheering her on; in fact, some were left utterly confused. The Oct. 18 photo, which was professionally taken, showed a beautifully glowing Braxton looking away from the camera and placing her hands gracefully around her face and neck. The simple yet unique top she wore was a beaded fringe top that exposed all of her skin underneath.
This is the part that left the fans confused. Under the top, her breasts are easily seen, however, she seemed to be missing the areola part of her breast. While many commented on her beauty, others could not help but ask the obvious question.
“Beautiful… but where’s the areolas,” asked one person while another wrote, “Where you nipples at 👀!? That flesh tone looks too real lol. Someone else said, “WTH.. I too have no nipples,” confirming that this is a real condition. The condition is called Athelia. According to Healthline, it “is rare overall, it’s more common in children who are born with conditions such as Poland syndrome and ectodermal dysplasia.”
But others don’t believe that Braxton is actually missing her areolas. Instead, they believe it is an edit made on the photo, especially because there are other photos on the platform of other women missing areolas as well. “I always wonder how they hide the nipples so good!?”
While she did not explain why the area was covered by extra skin, it may have to do with the fact that Instagram has a no-nude policy that specifically addresses women revealing their nipples in their community guidelines.
The policy, “includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos in the context of breastfeeding, birth giving and after-birth moments, health-related situations (for example, post-mastectomy, breast cancer awareness or gender confirmation surgery) or an act of protest are allowed.”
However, “Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is” acceptable. The “Breathe Again” singer has not addressed her fans’ questions, but for now, according to her caption, she is “Loving the skin I’m in.”