It didn’t look much like the lacy numbers we’ve got available today, but the first bra was invented in 1889 by a woman named Herminie Cadolle who was sick and tired of not getting enough support, so to speak. Her version was two pieces that she called the bien-être, which translates to “the well-being” — and that’s exactly what the first bra promised: Well-being for women who were uncomfortable with their breasts not being comfortable.

Since then, the bra has evolved into hundreds of different incarnations, from lacy, racy unmentionables to comfortable cotton jersey cups. And now, things seem to have gone full circle: Though women once loved having the bra as an option, many celebrities are now reverting back to going braless as a style statement. Check out some of our favorite bra-free celebs below — of course, Rihanna makes the trend look so, so good.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum is a supermodel, so she has plenty of experience rocking all kinds of different looks — even those that don’t require a bra.

Kim Kardashian

Kim K is confident about her body, and has no problems going completely nude in photo shoots. Naturally, she’s also cool with leaving the house with no bra on, and really, she looks amazing without it.

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner likes her aesthetic to be young, fresh, and experimental — and sometimes, those trendy styles just aren’t conducive to wearing a bra underneath

Olivia Wilde

Wilde has walked the red carpet without a bra on numerous occasions, a look that works particularly well when she goes for a menswear-inspired aesthetic.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Paltrow likes glamorous, elegant, and minimal looks — and by minimal, we mean that she’s often spotted without the restriction of a bra.

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr has to wear bras for a living as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, so it makes sense that when she’s not working, she would opt to go braless every once in awhile.

Selena Gomez

Gomez has a lot of poise and self love, and she’s not afraid to throw archaic ideas to the side and strut her stuff without a bra on.

Mariah Carey

This icon loves low-cut dresses, and as such, she hardly has any room in her wardrobe for a bra. That’s cool: She always looks amazing without one

Jennifer Lawrence

Lawrence is known for speaking her mind, and she also loves to dress up in designers like Christian Dior. And sometimes, when the dress is form-fitting or barely there, there’s just no room for a silly old bra.


Rihanna is basically the most fashionable woman in the world right now, and as she’s always experimenting with new looks, there’s simply no room or time to incorporate a bra into things — unless, of course, she’s only wearing a bra as a top, which she does pretty well, too.



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