Video

Poet and artist Rupi Kaur battled taboos about women's bodies — and broke the internet

Poet and artist Rupi Kaur on how she conquered Instagram with a photograph that challenged taboos around women's bodies.

Canadian Instagram maven fought back when site took down a post addressing menstruation

Meet the 23-year old poet and artist from Brampton, Ontario who caused a revolution on Instagram with one photograph. 5:43

23-year old Canadian poet and artist Rupi Kaur has garnered over 280,000 loyal followers on her Instagram for her work that deals with heartbreak, abuse, love and femininity. Her fan-base continues to grow after an eventful year — from shaking up social media with her photograph of menstrual blood to publishing her first book of poetry,milk and honey.

CBC Arts caught up with Kaur in her home and at her packed book signing in Brampton, Ont. In this video, she speaks about why she does what she does, and how she conquered Instagram with a photograph that challenged taboos around women's bodies.

Watch Exhibitionists Sunday at 4:30pm (5pm NT) on CBC Television.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.