WHEN FLORENCE PUGH stepped out at Valentino’s couture show in July, she knew her Barbie-pink gown with layers of tulle and a completely shєєr top was going to be a thing.
“I was comfortable with my small brєasts,” she told Harper’s BAZAAR. “And showing them like that — it aggravated [people] that I was comfortable.”
In western culture, women’s brєasts are inherently se*ualisєd. From celebrities being papped grabbing their morning coffee sans-brα, to others opting to bare their brєasts in full-on n*kєd dresses on the red carpet; whenever a women’s ni**lє is involved, it is somehow front-page news.
There are myriad reasons why many gawk (or clutch their pearls) at the site of the female anatomy. The societal idea that a brєast is something that should be hidden has led to women covering up, and being body shamed if they bend the rules of what’s deemed ‘appropriate’ or ‘tasteful’.
While boundary-pushers in the public eye have been bucking the norm and going brα-less for years, in 2012, the Free the Ni**le movement when mainstream. In the years since, countless celebrities have dared to bare, embrαcing their femininity and championing female empowerment. Below, nine celebrities who embrαce the Free the Ni**lє movement.
Celebrities who free the ni**le
01 Florence Pugh
At the Valentino show in July, 2022.
02 Victoria De Angelis
The Måneskin bassist is a proud supporter of the Free the Ni**le movement.
03 Zoë Kravitz
Donning an 18k-gold mesh brα by Tiffany & Co at the 2019 Oscars after-party.
04 Miley Cyrus
A long-standing supporter of the Free the Ni*plє movement, Cyrus bared all on Instagram in 2019.
05 Lourdes Leon
Channelling her mother Madonna’s 1984 VMAs look on the red carpet in 2018.
06 Bella Hadid
In a Dior gown during Couture Week in 2017.
07 Kendall Jenner
In Alexandre Vauthier at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
07 Kim Kardashian
Wearing a shimmery sheer tank dress in 2016.
In a now-iconic Adam Selman look at the 2014 CFDA Awards
10 Cara Delevingne
Back in 2014, the model shared this powerful post to Instagram.