In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, the 18-year-old singer can be seen showing off his third and fourth nipples (!) — which One Direction fans have long been well aware of — in the super group’s new music video for “Kiss You” (around the 2:55 mark).
From multiple news reports to a highly circulated GIF of the shirtless moment, Styles and his chest have been quite the talk of the town since Tuesday’s video premiere.
“I think the big thing is, it’s like in high school… we want to be the same, but having an extra nipple makes you different,” Orlando-based hormone expert Dr. Jennifer Landa told Celebuzz.
“But because [Styles] is willing to be so open about it — and because he’s drawing attention to it and not shying away from it — he normalizes it.”
According to Landa, author of The Sex Drive Solution for Women, Styles’ extra nipples, known as supernumerary nipples, are simply not a big deal.
“One in 18 males have it and in females it’s one in 15. People have it,” she said. “But at the same time it’s a sex organ, and I can see people being shy or embarrassed about it.”
Dr. Andrew Ordon of the hit show The Doctors echoed that supernumerary nipples are quite common and develop along an embryologic or so-called “milk line.”
“Extra breast tissue or nipples can occur anywhere along this line. These are of no clinical significance, just a cosmetic issue. They can be removed easily under local anesthetic, much like a mole,” he said.
And Styles isn’t the first celebrity to flaunt these extra body parts. The young pop star joins a club that includes Mark Wahlberg, Tilda Swinton, Lily Allen and Carrie Underwood, who reportedly had it removed before her American Idoldays.
“I think it’s a great thing when celebrities play out their differences, so that other people can come out with it,” Landa said.
“My son has one, and he’s a little bit Harry Styles about it — he’s not shy about it.”
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