Florence Pugh Gets Real on the Power of Embracing Your Body

The actress landed the ‘Elle UK’ October cover and received the publication’s ’The British Icon’ award.
Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh.

As an Elle UK October cover model and recipient of the brand’s “The British Icon” award, it’s safe to say that Florence Pugh knows a thing or two about fashion.

The 27-year-old Little Women star is known for not only her acting prowess, but her refusal to comply with Hollywood standards and incredible self-confidence. In an accompanying cover story with Elle UK, Pugh opened up further about embracing our bodies just as they are, and how she puts that idea into practice.

“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 noted, then referenced the backlash she received after wearing a sheer pink Valentino gown that bared her nipples to the designer’s couture show in Rome last July.

“It’s the freedom that people are scared of; the fact I’m comfortable and happy,” she added. “Keeping women down by commenting on their bodies has worked for a very long time. … We need to keep reminding everybody that there is more than one reason for women’s bodies [to exist].”

When Pugh shared the magazine cover image on Instagram on Aug. 30, she received an outpouring of love from many of her 9.3 million followers.

“😍 MOM,” Selena Gomez wrote.

“Can I quadruple like every photo again and again,” Ashley Park inquired. “Your beauty and innards shine thru absolute icon.”

“OUTRAGEOUS 😍🔥🔥👏,” Jameela Jamil added.

“Mother be knowing she is (ICONISM) personified 🙌,” a fan noted.

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