Topless crusader out to expose stigma of baring breasts

Serenity Hart, Nude model stands at the corner of Yonge and Dundas Sts, in Toronto on Wednesday...

Serenity Hart, Nude model stands at the corner of Yonge and Dundas Sts, in Toronto on Wednesday April 2, 2014. She is raising awareness surrounding the rights of Canadian women to bare their chest in public. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

Joanne Richard, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:12 AM ET

TORONTO -- Serenity Hart has something she wants to get off her chest and people are listening -- well mostly they're taking a quick peek or quick pic with their iPhone and then scooting.

She wears her heart on her chest -- not on her sleeve as she's not wearing any -- as she goes topless on street corners in an effort to drive home her right to bare her breasts in public, and to expose the shame and stigma attached to female breasts.

The 23-year-old nude model took her toplessness to the corner of Yonge and Dundas Sts. Wednesday to launch her upcoming Topless Tour de Canada on kickstarter.com. Her nationwide photography and film project travels coast to coast starting May 10, and will have her bearing her breasts in highly trafficked areas of 18 cities.

Hart created #ThisHalfIsNotIndecent to support her topless tour.

"Women can participate by posing topless with their signs or labels covering their breasts to open up the channel of discussion among their own peers and people in their life," Hart said.

She's bold and fearless and has no reservations about exposing her breasts, but acknowledges that she'll be faced with the "ignorance and narrow-mindedness of those who feel my breasts are indecent."

Hart is not out to convince anyone to get it or go topless alongside her.

"It's too simply focus on those who do wish to remove the stigma and help push young women into adulthood with confidence," she said.

Hart aims to start a discussion about female breasts.

"A woman's breast has been used and abused for advertising, but a breast of a woman topless down the street or even breast feeding is indecent."

While going topless is legal nationwide, she said we are conditioned to believe we have to cover up because a female body is something to hide, something to keep under wraps.

"I want to break this stereotype," Hart said.


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