Both last summer and this summer, Florence Pugh has shown up to high-profile fashion events wearing dresses that can be seen-through.
During a recent interview with Elle, the Oppenheimer star explained that she wears these types of dresses because she believes that “keeping women down by commenting on their bodies has worked for a very long time,” so she’s trying to change that.
“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. I think the scariest thing for me are the instances where people have been upset that I’ve shown ‘too much’ of myself. When everything went down with the Valentino pink dress a year ago, my nipples were on display through a piece of fabric, and it wound people up,” Pugh said.
“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 s—.’ 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, who is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand A-list actresses in the world, was last seen starring as Jean Tatlock, J. Robert Oppenheimer’s lover, in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, which has gone on to become Nolan’s highest-grossing non-Batman film.
In addition to its box office success, Oppenheimer is expected to be a major contender at next year’s Academy Awards. That said, of the two female leads, it’s Emily Blunt who’s being touted for a Best Supporting Actress nomination and not Pugh.
Pugh will next be seen starring as Princess Irulan Corrino in Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic Dune: Part Two, which was recently delayed from November until March 2024 due to ongoing strikes that began as a result of the studios’ unwillingness to fairly compensate actors and writers. Pugh herself, in fact, has been seen on the picket lines in recent weeks.
In the coming years, the 27-year-old Academy Award nominee is also set to star in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thunderbolts, The Pack, and We Live in Time.