Florence Pugh is known for her stylish red carpet gowns and being unafraid to change up her look.
And the critically acclaimed actor, 27, has opened up about why she chooses to embrace her body and isn’t afraid to show her skin.
Speaking to her friend and fellow actress Jodie Turner-Smith in an interview for October’s edition of ELLE magazine, the star confessed: ‘I’m not trying to hide the cellulite on my thigh.’
Florence, who recently starred in the blockbuster hit Oppenheimer alongside Cillian Murphy, opened up about how she accepts her body and is comfortable and happy in her own skin.
She said ‘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.
Confident: Florence Pugh, 27, has opened up about showing her skin and embracing her body in an interview for the October edition of ELLE Magazine
Speaking to her friend and fellow actress Jodie Turner-Smith, the star confessed: ‘I’m not trying to hide the cellulite on my thigh’ as she spoke on the controversy over her Valentino gown back in July 2022
‘I think the scariest thing for me are the instances where people have been upset that I’ve shown ‘too much’ of myself.’
Despite wowing in the show-stopping look, the star was faced with a backlash of comments from ‘vulgar’ men who took to social media to point out her ‘flaws’ and ‘tiny t**s’.
The Black Widow star hit back at the trolls at the time with an impassioned post on Instagram.
She wrote: ‘What’s been interesting to watch and witness is just how easy it is for men to totally destroy a woman’s body, publicly, proudly, for everyone to see.
‘So many of you wanted to aggressively let me know how disappointed you were by my ‘tiny t**s’, or how I should be embarrassed by being so ‘flat chested’.
‘I’ve lived in my body for a long time. I’m fully aware of my breast size and am not scared of it.’
Continuing to discuss the Valentino gown controversy in her interview with ELLE she explained why she thinks people reacted in such a disgusted way.
Wow: Florence looked incredible for the shoot as she opened up about how she accepts her body and is comfortable and happy in her own skin
Hitting out: Last July Florence addressed criticism of her decision to rock a nipple-baring, hot pink gown to the Valentino Haute Couture show in Rome
Speaking out: ‘So many of you wanted to aggressively let me know how disappointed you were by my ‘tiny t**s’, or how I should be embarrassed by being so ‘flat chested’
Not staying quiet: The Black Widow star defended her dress – hitting out at those who chose to ‘publicly destroy a woman’s body’
‘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.
‘It’s the freedom that people are scared of; the fact I’m comfortable and happy. 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 sh*t.’ 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].’
Florence is due to receive the British Icon Award at the ELLE Style Awards 2023 and she spoke about her style evolution and why she isn’t afraid of changing up her look.
The star debuted her newly-shaved head back in May, after previously styling long blonde locks.
Discussing her style she said: ‘I think I’ve always been interested in wearing loud clothing. When I was a teenager, I would buy the most outrageous things and sew them together. I’ve always loved colour. I’ve always wanted to be bold and make a bit of a scene – I don’t think that’s gone away.
Bold: Florence made a dramatic entrance on the red carpet at the 2023 Met Gala in New York City in May as she debuted her newly shaved head
Surprise! Florence arrived at the Met Gala with a shaved head – which she covered in a dramatic feathered hat
‘When I first started doing red carpets, it was really tough. It takes ages to feel comfortable with 50 men all shouting, ‘Picture, over here!’ I’ve become more confident in the last few years, and I think that’s hugely linked to the clothes I’ve been wearing.
‘The more you can enjoy it, the more [people] can see that you’re enjoying it.’
The star also explained how she uses clothes to express the different facets of her personality.
She joked: ‘My friends always laugh when I’m getting ready and I say, “I don’t know what to wear. I don’t have any clothes,” because I have so many clothes. I think what I’m actually saying is, “Who do I want to be today?” I have so many versions of myself that I want to show.’