Halle Berry's Grown and Can Decide When to Cover Up

The Root's contributing editor Demetria L. Lucas, in a piece for Clutch magazine, defends the actress's decision to go strapless and low-cut on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

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Halle Berry on Late Night With Jay Leno (NBC Universal/Getty Images)

Writing at Clutch magazine, The Root's contributing editor Demetria L. Lucas defends the actress's decision to go strapless on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

 I thought about that woman and her boobs and my unresolved thoughts about what's appropriate last night when I was reading about le scandal, i.e. what Halle Berry wore on her most recent visit to Jay Leno's late-night show. Her strapless Reem Acra dress plunged to her navel -- much like the gown of that woman at the fancy event so long ago -- and revealed lots of Berry's ample bosom. It was doing a lot for a sit-down interview, but she looked damn good in it. I'd go as far as to say, flawless.

Still, Berry's been receiving some negative feedback for her wardrobe choice ...

Let's call this fuss what it really is: another way to police women's bodies -- even good and grown women who are long past their "giving two ****s" years. And it's unfortunate that some women have bought into it so hard that they try to enforce these arbitrary rules on other women, too.

Look, grown ladies are just that: grown. And they know all the rules about what they are "supposed" to do, and they've decided, frankly, not to give two damns. Let them live. Or look away.

Read Demetria L. Lucas' entire piece at Clutch magazine.

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