Florence Pugh Looks Back on *That* transparent Valentino Dress and Opens Up About Refusing to Hide Her Body

Florence Pugh Looks Back on *That* transparent Valentino Dress and Opens Up About Refusing to Hide Her Body

Okay, so remember when Florence Pugh pulled up to Valentino's Haute Couture Fall/Winter fashion show in a stunning Barbiecore pink gown and singlehandedly reignited the #FreeTheNipple movement last July? Well, she's looking back on that moment and letting it be known that freedom surrounding the human body is nothing to be afraid of.

The Oppenheimer actor received a ton of unnecessary backlash for wearing the transparent dress and even took to Instagram to defend the design at the time. Florence admitted she knew wearing the dress would bring on such commentary and urged critics to "grow up" and "respect all women."

"It isn't the first time and certainly won't be the last time a woman will hear what's wrong with her body by a crowd of strangers, what's worrying is just how vulgar some of you men can be," she wrote. "So many of you wanted to aggressively let me know how disappointed you were by my 'tiny tits,' or how I should be embarrassed by being so 'flat chested.'"

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Florence Pugh attends the Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 22/23 fashion show on July 8, 2022 in Rome, Italy. Jacopo Raule - Getty Images

She continued: "I've lived in my body for a long time. I'm fully aware of my breast size and am not scared of it. What's more concerning is….Why are you so scared of breasts? Small? Large? Left? Right? Only one? Maybe none? What. Is. So. Terrifying."

Since then, Miss Flo's response has earned praise from her followers and people who aren't afraid of freely embracing the human body. To this day, Florence isn't letting the fuss get to her as she continues to step out onto red carpets in gorgeous transparent looks. As one of the honorees for Elle's 2023 Style Awards, the Don't Worry Darling star reflected on *that* Valentino gown she wore last summer and opened up about how outrage stems from fear in a conversation with Jodie Turner-Smith.

"I think the scariest thing for me are the instances where people have been upset that I've shown 'too much' of myself," she told Jodie. "When everything went down with the Valentino pink dress a year ago, my nipples were on display through a piece of fabric, and it really wound people up."

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"It's the freedom that people are scared of; the fact I'm comfortable and happy," she continued. "Keeping women down by commenting on their bodies has worked for a very long time. I think we're in this swing now where lots of people are saying, 'I don't give a shit.'"

Flo went on to explain it took her a long time to feel confident on red carpets and now that she's winning the IDGAF war, she refuses to hide certain parts of herself.

"I speak the way I do about my body because I'm not trying to hide the cellulite on my thigh or the squidge in between my arm and my boob: I would much rather lay it all out," she said.

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