Free the Nipple pioneer awarded

'Free The Nipple Day' in June.

'Free The Nipple Day' in June. Photo: Eggert Jóhannesson

Icelandic teen Adda Þóreyjardóttir Smáradóttir hit the world headlines this year by posting a bare-breasted picture of herself on Twitter – in order to highlight society’s double standards when it comes to male and female nipples.

The campaign went viral and Smára­dótt­ir – now an exchange student in Spain – has been voted Youth of the Year 2015 by the 10th Global Youth Lea­ders­hip Con­f­erence in Taiwan.

The title of this year’s conference is ‘Chang­ing the world by tak­ing acti­on’ and Smára­dótt­ir has been given the award for her “fight for women’s rights and doing what she can to change and improve the world”.

Four other teenagers, Malawi, Syria, Taiwan and Tanzania, have also received an award.

Smára­dótt­ir and an adult companion will be treated to an all-expenses-paid trip to Taiwan for the youth conference, which will be held on 14-24 October.

“It is a real honour to have been chosen for this award and I am very much looking forward to meeting the other young award-winners,” says Smára­dótt­ir.

Adda (right) and her sister, who will be accompanying her ...

Adda (right) and her sister, who will be accompanying her to Taiwan. Photo:


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