Emmalyn Estrada Just Wants Too Free Her Titties: BreatheHeavy Interview

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Former GRL member Emmalyn Estrada's new song #FreeTitties is about being comfortable in the skin you're in.

Being in GRL gave Estrada the platform to develop her inner pop star with songs like "Vacation," "Ugly Heart" and the Pitbull-assisted “Wild Wild Love,” but after a tragic turn of events, the band announced a hiatus. Though they've recently strategized a return, Estrada decided to pursue a solo career, beginning with the lowkey electro ditty #FreeTitties."

In a note posted on Facebook, Estrada explains the inspiration behind the song:

I grew up in an environment that didn’t always embrace equality of the sexes. Many females like me are told from a young age to feel ashamed of our bodies, to feel inferior to men in some ways. That certain jobs, hobbies or interests are for men, not women. That women who are proud of and love their bodies are sluts. We’ve all seen these stereotypes and restrictions represented in media, in culture, in law.

The news shows unending violence and swearing, but requires censorship of the female nipple. Social media sites take down images of women breastfeeding and breast cancer survivors but have little censorship of hate speech and violence. Men walk around shirtless in public comfortably, while women would be harassed, shamed, and potentially have problems with police if they did the same.

For myself, I have had to fight through personal and social boundaries to reclaim what we have been taught to lose as women. That my body is MY body, and it is beautiful. That ALL bodies are beautiful. I wrote #FreeTitties as an act of embracing this truth, in the hope that this song takes one stride forward among many that have been taken, and many still needed.

I encourage everyone to take a minute to think about their own values and opinions on the subject. Should women be treated differently than men? Aren’t women just as capable, just as worthy, just as beautiful as men? If you answered yes to those questions, I invite you to join me and so many others in our quest to #FreeTitties.

BreatheHeavy.com caught up with the 24-year-old singer-songwriter and asked if she had any advice for a young girl dealing with body image issues.

"I experienced self-esteem issues as a 16-year-old," Estrada tells BreatheHeavy. "I think the best advice I can give is: Try to talk problems or insecurities through with family members, teachers or close friends. It’s so important to be able to express the way you feel about yourself and the world around you in a safe and comfortable environment. I’d encourage her to pursue a passion, and to do her best to make positive choices. I’d make it clear that all of us face times of challenge, insecurity, self-doubt… and that’s okay. Connect with yourself, love and care for yourself, and don’t be afraid to raise your voice."

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Love yourself (and free your titties).

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