Florence Pugh has faced several backlash for her bold freeing the nipple fashion choices. The Valentino pink dress choice she still has to defend one year after in the recent Elle cover shoot.
The actress freed her nipple in a pink Valentino sheer dress backlash whilst attending the Valentino Haute Couture fashion show in July 2022. The dress caused quite an outrage on social media with her defending herself.
In the 2023 Paris Fashion Week, Pugh donned another sheer Lavender Valentino piece to the event without care as to whose ox is gored. Reflecting on the backlash in the October Elle UK issue, she praised her nipples.
The actress spoke to her fellow British actress Jodie Turner-Smith about her fashion styles. “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.”
Talking about the sheer pink Valentino dress backlash Florence Pugh said, “I think the scariest thing for me are the instances where people have been upset that I’ve shown ‘too much’ of myself.”
Then continued, “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.”
“Unfortunately, we’ve become so terrified of the human body that we can’t even look at my two little cute nipples behind fabric in a way that isn’t sexual.” “We need to keep reminding everybody that there is more than one reason for women’s bodies [to exist],” Pugh concluded.
Despite backlash from fans, the actress told Elle “Every woman I walked past would say, ‘You look like you’re having so much fun.’ And I was!” Per her interview with Elle, Her “proudest moments of embracing [her] body have been in Pierpaolo [Piccioli’s] gowns,” adding, “Every single time I step out in Valentino, it’s like my armour.”
As stated earlier, Florence Pugh received backlash over freeing her nipple in a sheer pink Valentino piece. And has defended her fashion choice several times. She asked a rhetorical question to Vogue in January, “How can my nipples offend you?”
The model absolutely adores the sheer style and despite the backlash, she unapologetically stepped out for Paris Fashion Week in a Lavender colour one year after the incident.