Full frontal

Were they making a political statement, or was this a fashion fiasco?

Giulia Salemi (L) and Dayane Mello attend the premiere of 'The Young Pope' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on September 3, 2016 in Venice, Italy. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

While dresses with high side-slits are de rigueur on the red carpet, two women wore some particularly revealing gowns at the 73rd annual Venice Film Festival that made side-boobs and nip slips look passé. Italian models Giulia Salemi and Dayane Mello dropped jaws and raised brows with their full-frontal displays, as they glided in tangerine and fuchsia frocks that had thin fabric strips barely covering their nether regions.

Media outlets wondered whether the perceived wardrobe malfunction was accidental or intentional, especially in light of the online policing of women through nipple bans (not to mention censorship of blood stains) on social media. While women are fighting to #FreeTheNipple, should there also be a crusade to #FreeTheVulva? Whatever the objective, the debate rages on over the policing of women’s bodies and attire, with The Sydney Morning Herald’s Jenna Clarke speculating whether the red carpet  might be one of “the last safe spaces for uninhibited creative expression” in the age of online censorship.

Read the full story at The Sydney Morning Herald.

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