In case you missed it, Florence Pugh recently went viral… over “two cute little nipples”. The actor sat front row at the Valentino Autumn/Winter 22/23 Haute Couture show, #ValentinoTheBeginning, dressed to the nines in a completely sheer hot pink halterneck tulle gown.
While the daring look was adored by fans, Pugh’s visible breasts have since garnered a wave of negative (and completely brain-dead) criticism.
The star revealed that she had predicted the “commentary” on her outfit, both positive and negative, and that she and the Valentino team “knew what [they] were doing”. That said, she’s horrified by the “vulgar” abuse she has received—mostly from men—which she has since detailed in a lengthy Instagram caption.
“What’s been interesting to watch and witness is just how easy it is for men to totally destroy a woman’s body, publicly, proudly, for everyone to see,” she begins. “You even do it with your job titles and work emails in your bio..?”
“It isn’t the first time and certainly won’t be the last time a woman will hear what’s wrong with her body [from] a crowd of strangers, what’s worrying is just how vulgar some of you men can be,” Pugh continues. “So many of you wanted to aggressively let me know how disappointed you were by my ‘tiny tits’, or how I should be embarrassed by being so ‘flat chested’.”
She then went on to question the audacity of her critics: “Why are you so scared of breasts? Small? Large? Left? Right? Only one? Maybe none? What. Is. So. Terrifying. […] What happened to you to be so content on being so loudly upset by the size of my boobs and body..?”
Pugh also shared a few poignant words about her journey with her self-image, stating: “I’ve come to terms with the intricacies of my body that make me, me. I’m happy with all of the ‘flaws’ that I couldn’t bear to look at when I was 14 […] I’m very grateful that I grew up in a household with very strong, powerful, curvy women. We were raised to find power in the creases of our [bodies]. To be loud about being comfortable.
“It has always been my mission in this industry to say ‘f**k it and f**k that’ whenever anyone expects my body to morph into an opinion of what’s hot or sexually attractive.”
Her words have clearly resonated with her 7.5 million Instagram followers—among which include fellow celebs like Aubrey Plaza, Dan Levy, Victoria Pedretti and Joey King—who have shared their praise and support of her. Overall, it is an unfortunate fact that women in the public eye continue to endure such derogatory scrutiny, but we’re grateful for public figures like Pugh who are refusing to take abuse, setting a strong example for their younger, more impressionable fans.
To those who feel entitled to share their unwanted opinions, Pugh says it best: “Grow up.”
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