This Woman Is Posting Her Beautiful Post-Surgery Tattoo On Social Media — Here’s Why

by Courtney Bissonette

With one tattoo, Alison Habbal has defeated both cancer and sexist social media. The 36-year-old mother was inspired by the survivor scars she found on Instagram, and covered the scar that she was left after her lumpectomy rather than opt for nipple reconstruction surgery. She’s already received 1,400  well-deserved likes on Instagram after the 13-hour tattooing process. She was able to share the photo on Instagram because the photos  successfully bypasses the rules that include the banning of genitals, fully exposed buttocks, and female nipples.

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As a reminder, Facebook (and Instagram) rules state, “We restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-surgery scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures.”

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Habbal, who based on her other Instagram posts is an advocate for #FreeTheNipple, told Cosmopolitan, “Because there’s no nipple, I can blast it everywhere all over Facebook and Instagram, and they can’t censor it, which I think is really funny.” 

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