8 Actresses Who Showed Their Boobs To Be Taken More Seriously

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So the movie White Bird In A Blizzard comes out today, and if there's one thing I remember from Jenni‘s description after watching it, it's that you see Shailene Woodley‘s boobs. A lot. A lot a lot. Jenni was so overstimulated by it that she just stared at her computer screen for the entire day, and the only way you could startle her out of her reverie was by shouting ‘NIPPLE!' or ‘AREOLA!' into the side of her face.

Okay, so I exaggerate slightly (probably), but it did sound like a lot of nipple. Which makes sense to me, because what Shailene is doing right now is trying to navigate the road from young adult actress to adult adult actress, and one of the best ways to do that is by getting the old cans out. It may sound crass, but it's not! It's actually a very professional method to get yourself taken a little more seriously in the world of Hollywood, and Shailene is far from the first to utilize it.

Just take a look at these other actresses who have boldly gone where few have dared bared to go before them. Come onnnnn that at least deserves a pity laugh.

1. Shailene Woodley

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Even though Shailene will be twenty-three next month, she has yet to break out of playing teenage characters like she's done in The Descendants, Divergent, The Fault In Our Stars, and Spectacular Now. So what to do when you're being pigeonholed into a category that you aged out of three years ago? Take on more mature roles, like Kat in White Bird In A Blizzard. She may barely be out of high school, but with the highly-sexual nature of the film, it will be hard for us not to think of her as an adult.

2. Lena Dunham

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I'm fairly confident that Lena being topless for so much of Girls was the reason that a bunch of people started watching it. They stuck around once they noticed that the writing was intelligent and the plot was compelling, but I think it would've been a lot harder for the HBO series to get a foothold if it didn't have female nudity.

3. Kristen Stewart

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I feel like the rest of Kristen's life will be dedicated to helping people remember that she's a ‘real actress' and forget that she was in TwilightNo idea whether it's going to work or not, but doing frontal nudity in On The Road was a step in the right direction, for sure.

4. Angelina Jolie

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It's hard to remember this now, given that she's so famous in her own right, but once upon a time, Angelina was just the daughter of Jon Voight. So in the process of rebelling and making her own name for herself, Angelina showed her breasteses in the movie Gia, which was the first film that really got her recognized.

5. Lindsay Lohan

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Poor LiLo. She can't figure out what we want from her, even though it's so obvious — get sober, and get reliable. Instead of doing that, she just keeps trying to break back into the film business and get taken seriously after her many arrests and trips to rehab. Is showing her boobs in The Canyons the right way? No Lindsay, it's not, but thank you for your effort.

6. Anne Hathaway

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Once upon a time, when Anne was trying to shed her good-girl image from movies like The Princess Diaries, she showed her breasts in a movie called Havoc. And then, once she knew she had our attention, she proceeded to show them in a bunch of other movies like Brokeback Mountain, One Fine Day, Rachel Getting Married, and Love and Other Drugs. She's basically at a point now where she gets to do whatever the eff she wants, and she seems to really enjoy it, so good on ya, Anne!

7. Reese Witherspoon

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Before there was Twilight, there was Twilight, a 1998 movie in which Reese showed the world her boobs…and also that she was ready to be taken seriously. She's never had to do it since, and she has an Oscar to show for it, so well played, lady.

8. Hilary Swank

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When you're doing a movie like Boys Don't Cry, it's important to show the audience that you aren't messing around, which is exactly what Hilary did when she went topless for it. And in case you didn't notice, she came out of it with an Oscar, so it's safe to say that that move paid off.