With barely-there dressing in full force on the red carpet this summer, celebs are baring body parts we didn’t even know were there (see: pelvage). At the amfAR Inspiration Gala earlier this week, Laverne Cox continued the trend by showing off skin that’s only ever typically flaunted at the beach. You guys, the underboob is officially gala worthy.


Trading in her thick #Girlboss bangs for long wavy strands for the event, Cox wore an elegant floor-length black halter dress featuring peekaboo cutouts under each breast. While it provided full coverage for the OITNB star (this wasn’t a Li’l Kim at the MTV VMAs situation) the windows exposed more than your average belly-baring crop top. Balanced with the high neckline and a glamorous thigh-high slit, the cutouts revealed just enough to make the dress a standout. In other words, Cox made underboob on the red carpet look really good.


Cox isn’t the only star who’s flashed this discreet area. Rihanna is known for exposing that skin on the regular ever since she got her chest inked with the Egyptian goddess Isis as a tribute to her late grandmother in 2012 (you can see part of the icon’s wingspan peeking out from under Rihanna’s gold jumpsuit on the Harper’s BAZAAR cover above). And lately, Miley Cyrus has been spotted trading in shirts for pasties, a less-is-more move that actually may be taking off among the sartorial daredevils among us: Nasty Gal is currently selling a small assortment of pasties, including ones that look like ’90s alien heads and pizza slice. Pizza. Slices.


If that sounds up your alley, go for it, gf. Or if you’re looking to test out a Laverne-level of flash, we recommend slipping on a caged bikini top, like this one available at Nasty Gal, and pairing it with a high-waisted bottom on your next night out.

What’s your take on this scandalous trend? Tell us if you’d rock cutouts up to there in the comments below.

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