Florence Pugh stepped out in something rarely seen on any red carpet: shorts…and a cape. The Oscars presenter wore a Valentino Haute Couture look with Tiffany & Co. jewelry for tonight’s ceremony in Hollywood. Her hair was styled up with a bow, too. She looked incredible:
Pugh’s red carpet moment comes after she attended Valentino’s Paris fashion week show this past week, pairing a crop top with a sheer, sparkly skirt and thong.
Pugh spoke to Vogue about how her parents raised her not to be self-conscious about her body, and how those lessons affected how she sees herself at premieres and other events that require extensive glam. Her upbringing inspired her to dress the way she wants and to challenge society to question why a woman showing certain body parts is considered taboo.
“We are human, we are bodies,” she said. “Yes, I can put makeup on and look good for a premiere. But at the end of the day, I still have hair on the top of my lip and I still smell after a workout and I still get spots when I’m stressed. I think that attitude definitely has trickled down from when I was a child.”
“I’ve never been scared of what’s underneath the fabric,” she added. “If I’m happy in it, then I’m gonna wear it. Of course, I don’t want to offend people, but I think my point is: How can my nipples offend you that much?”
Pugh is making a point with these looks, she continued: “It’s very important that we do this. I know that some people might scoff at me saying that, but if a dress with my breasts peeking through is encouraging people to say, ‘Well, if you were to get raped, you would deserve it,’ it just shows me that there’s so much more work to do.”
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Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.