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Russell Simmons Backs Cause Near, Dear to Him, Nipples! (pics!)

Russell Simmons, pictured here with actress Lina Esco, hosted a fundraiser for the 'Free the Nipple Campaign' in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images) .

Russell Simmons, pictured here with actress Lina Esco, hosted a fundraiser for the ‘Free the Nipple Campaign’ in Los Angeles. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images) .

Russell Simmons took time out from being a music mogul to support a cause that’s apparently close to his heart… nipples! Yes, he loves them, on women that is.

Simmons hosted a fundraiser for burgeoning “Free the Nipple” campaign in Los Angeles on Thursday (June 19).

Of course, this is all about the female nipple. Men can show theirs with impunity in public. So why not women?

Rihanna jump-started the issue when she was kicked off of social media network Instagram for posting a photo that showed her nipples.

Celebrities Turn Out to Free the Nipple (Click Photos to Enlarge!)

Oddly, the photo was from the cover of French magazine Lui, which had no problem publishing the cover in France. Nudity is far more accept in the media in Europe than in the United States.

The cause has also been expanded to include breastfeeding in public. In many parts of the country, women are scorned if they openly breastfeed.

Needless to say, that group that gathered at the SkyBar at the Mondrian Hotel included at least one breastfeeding mother.

It also drew celebrities like Bruce Willis offspring Rumer Willis, actress Lina Esco, heiress and model Lydia Hearst and actress and model Lena Gora.

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