Golden Globes 2012: Salma Hayek and Wendi McLendon-Covey wear daring dresses

And the award for the most daring dresses go to… Salma Hayek and Bridesmaids star Wendi McLendon-Covey struggle to contain their assets at this year's Golden Globes

With any prestigious awards ceremony, all the ladies know that their choice of attire will be studied, scrutinised and praised or slated.

But it could also mean the chance to raise their profile, especially if their outfit stands out from the crowd – which seemed to be the case at this year's Golden Globes.

From cleavages that looked in danger of escaping, to thigh high splits flashing lots of leg, there were some very daring dresses on display this year.

Buxom: Actress Salma Hayek showed off her ample assets in a very tight top which she teamed with a hip-hugging long black skirt

Buxom: Actress Salma Hayek showed off her ample assets in a very tight top which she teamed with a hip-hugging long black skirt

Buxom: Actress Salma Hayek showed off her ample assets in a very tight top which she teamed with a hip-hugging long black skirt

Mind you don't pop out! Bridesmaids star Wendi McLendon-Covey struggled to contain her cleavage in a low-cut emerald dress as she stopped for photos at the viewing party

Mind you don't pop out! Bridesmaids star Wendi McLendon-Covey struggled to contain her cleavage in a low-cut emerald dress as she stopped for photos at the viewing party

Mind you don't pop out! Bridesmaids star Wendi McLendon-Covey struggled to contain her cleavage in a low-cut emerald dress as she stopped for photos at the viewing party

Those ladies who have been blessed with buxom assets had no hesitation in showing them off.

They included Bridesmaids star Wendi
McLendon-Covey, who looked in danger of spilling out of her low-cut emerald
dress as she stopped for photos at the viewing party.

Salma Hayek, another star known for her ample assets struggled to contain hers in her very tight dress as she posed on the red carpet.

And probably the most audacious of
them all was on – or barely on – model Erin Wasson, who may not be one
of the biggest names in the industry but she certainly set tongues
wagging last night.

Relying on tape: Wendi's dress clung precariously to her chest

Relying on tape: Wendi's dress clung precariously to her chest

The Pirelli model arrived at the InStyle magazine bash in a show-stopping, attention-grabbing outfit which looked more suited to an erotic nightclub than a Golden Globes after-party, guaranteeing her maximum exposure.

Her outfit clung to her tall and slender
frame and showed off her long legs – but did absolutely nothing for her
flat chest and just highlighted her lack of assets in the wrong way.

Even Sean 'P Diddy' Combs looked
astonished as he walked past Erin on the red carpet but it was hard to
tell whether his glance in her direction was one of admiration or shock.

Shredded and salacious: Model Erin Wasson wore next to nothing as she demanded attention on the red carpet at the InStyle Golden Globes after party last night

Shredded and salacious: Model Erin Wasson wore next to nothing as she demanded attention on the red carpet at the InStyle Golden Globes after party last night

Barely there: Erin's dress was slashed in several places and hung very low on her small bust

Barely there: Erin's dress was slashed in several place and hung very low on her small bust

Barely there: Erin's dress was slashed in several places and hung very low on her small bust

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And
although Erin's dress, which left very little to the imagination, might
have been the most daring, her lack of assets left her in the shade
compared to her more buxom fellow guests.

Sopranos
star Jamie-Lynn Sigler, for instance, wore an off-the-shoulder black
dress which was stunning and elegant but struggled to contain her
assets.

Plunging: Rooney Mara and Emma Stone both wore very low necklines that were in danger of revealing a little too much

Plunging: Rooney Mara and Emma Stone both wore very low necklines that were in danger of revealing a little too much

Plunging: Rooney Mara and Emma Stone both wore very low necklines that were in danger of revealing a little too much

Taking the plunge: Charlize Theron, Evan Rachel Wood and Kristen Wiig all wore plunging outfits

Taking the plunge: Charlize Theron, Evan Rachel Wood and Kristen Wiig all wore plunging outfits

Taking the plunge: Charlize Theron, Evan Rachel Wood and Kristen Wiig all wore plunging outfits

Taking the plunge: Charlize Theron, Evan Rachel Wood and Kristen Wiig all wore plunging outfits

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian also wore a low cut black dress, which plumped up her impressive bosom to perfection.

But even those who don't have much to show up top still managed to impress with their necklines.

Hope they're strapped in! Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler wore an off-the-shoulder black dress which struggled to contain her assets just like Kim Kardashian, although she looked as though hers were contain a bit better

Hope they're strapped in! Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler wore an off-the-shoulder black dress which struggled to contain her assets just like Kim Kardashian, although she looked as though hers were contain a bit better

Hope they're strapped in! Sopranos star
Jamie-Lynn Sigler wore an off-the-shoulder black dress which struggled
to contain her assets just like Kim Kardashian, although she looked as
though hers were contain a bit better

Sparkling in silver: Glee's Lea Michele titillated in her fishtail dress with detail that just about covered her up

Sparkling in silver: Glee's Lea Michele titillated in her fishtail dress with detail that just about covered her up

Sparkling in silver: Glee's Lea Michele titillated in her fishtail dress with detail that just about covered her up

The
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara and Emma Stone both wore
very low dresses that were in danger of revealing a little too much.

For some titillation, The Artist
actress Adria Tennor wore a red dress with cheeky detail while the
detail on Glee's Lea Michele's fishtail dress just about covered her up.

That's not suitable for a Lady! Lady Victoria Hervy wore a flimsy dress which left little to the imagination

That's not suitable for a Lady! Lady Victoria Hervy wore a flimsy dress which left little to the imagination

That's not suitable for a Lady! Lady Victoria Hervy wore a flimsy dress which left little to the imagination

Standing out from the crowd: Homeland star Morena Baccarin chose an unusual black dress for the occasion

Standing out from the crowd: Homeland star Morena Baccarin chose an unusual black dress for the occasion

Standing out from the crowd: Homeland star Morena Baccarin chose an unusual black dress for the occasion