Actress, filmmaker, and activist Lina Esco is on a mission to achieve gender quality in America. She catapulted the dialogue by launching the Free the Nipple campaign in 2012—not to mention directing a film by the same name—and today is working to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) with the Human Campaign she recently founded. For Women's Equality Day, we had Esco share her thoughts about her own definition of beauty, how the female body has become politicized, and her personal wellness practices.
Head below to see what she says about freeing the nipple and taking care of yourself from the inside out.
"[Beauty is] having a healthy relationship with how you see yourself and loving it all the way. We all have stretch marks, we all have one boob bigger than the other. We all have cellulite. We all have parts of ourselves we do not like. Let's own it and love it and stop letting media and advertisements tell us otherwise," Esco says.
On the Female Body Becoming Politicized
"The female body, in my opinion, the nipple, something forbidden, so illegal in this country was the only thing I felt would tip this conversation into a much larger issue," Esco says. "If I would have made a movie and a movement called 'equality' and no one was topless—there is no way on earth this would have caught so much fire like it did. We can sexualize the entire boob area and objectify it, but the moment the little areola shows, it's illegal. Nipples were formed inside the womb before the genitals were formed.
A nipple is genderless. But I guess there is so much money in hiding it. Depleting our puritanical DNA from what should be normal and acceptable. In France and Germany, you have bodywash commercial where women are topless and not sexualized."
"I always put chlorophyll drops in my water, preferably glass bottles. Keeping your alkaline levels between 7.30 to 7.45 is super important. Anything below 7.0 is considered acidic and anything below that is also a natural environment for cancer to grow," Esco says. "It is crucial we treat water with importance—we are 70% water. Make sure to not drink just from any bottle of water. Research your water. Always. Also, I practice TM (transcendental meditation.) I have been doing it for 12 years, and I cannot live without it.
The same way you take showers, the brain needs it. I can go on with more, but the list would be too long."
To read more about Lina Esco's work and learn how you can get involved, see her interview on our sister site MyDomaine.