Don’t worry about Florence Pugh’s boobs, darling.
The Oscar-nominated actress took to Instagram on Sunday to squash the unsolicited opinions of haters over a sheer Valentino dress she wore proudly to the weekend’s Valentino Haute Couture runway show in Rome.
In a powerful post, Pugh shared photos of herself modeling the fuchsia ruffled dress that revealed her nipples, and explained that she had no “wink” of fear of wearing it before, during or after the event.
“Listen, when I wore this incredible Valentino dress, I knew there was no way that there was going to be no comment on it. Negative or positive, we all knew what we were doing,” the Don’t Worry Darling star wrote.
“What is interesting to watch and witness is how easy it is for men to completely destroy a woman’s body publicly, proudly and for all to see. You even do it with your job titles and work emails in your bio…?”
Since becoming one of Hollywood’s brightest new stars, Pugh has never retired from online scrutiny. In May, the 26-year-old actress called out the media for spreading false dating rumors about her and her “Midsommar” co-star Will Poulter. She has also publicly dismissed criticism of her relationship with 47-year-old “Scrubs” actor Zach Braff.
“It’s not the first time, and it certainly won’t be the last, that a woman has heard from a crowd of strangers what’s wrong with her body. What’s worrying is how vulgar some of you men can be,” she continued in the Sunday statement.
“Thankfully, I’ve come to terms with the intricacies of my body that make me who I am. I’m happy with all the “mistakes” I couldn’t bear when I was 14. So many of you offensively wanted to let me know how disappointed you were with my “tiny T-” or how embarrassed I should be for being so “flat-chested”. I’ve lived in my body for a long time. I am fully aware of my breast size and not afraid of it.”
Towards the end of her caption, Pugh explained that when she was pressured to “shift into an opinion on what’s hot, it’s always been her mission in this industry to say ‘F— it and f— that’.” or is sexually attractive”. She backed up the defiant message with an equally defiant hashtag: #freethef – nipples.
“I wonder what happened to you that you are so content to complain so loudly about the size of my boobs and body,” she wrote. “I’m very thankful that I grew up in a household of very strong, powerful, curvy women. We were raised to find strength in the folds of our bodies. To be loud, to feel good.
“I wore this dress because I know it. If it’s that easy for you to loudly insult women publicly in 2022, then the answer is you don’t know. Grow up. respect people. respect body. Respect all women. respect people. Life will be a lot easier, I promise. And all because of two cute little nipples…”
Shortly after Pugh said her post, former “Bridgerton” star Regé-Jean Page shared her post on his Instagram story. He repeated the words “What. Is. So. Terrifying,” encouraging his millions of followers to read Pugh’s full remarks.
“Take a look at yourself guys,” Page wrote, according to a screenshot released by Page Six.
“Then check out your buddies and step up when it’s time to step up. If the boys step out of line, have a say. The weird thing about misogyny is that men actually listen to other men, so do your part because the next few years in particular are going to be a really good time to listen and take some responsibility, for the good of all.”
Among the other actors who rallied for Pugh in the comments section of their post were Aubrey Plaza, Dan Levy, Nicola Coughlan, Gemma Chan, Ariana DeBose, Joey King and Jameela Jamil.
“You’re a magical F-Queen and we don’t deserve you,” The Good Place alum Jamil replied.
“You really are so amazing,” wrote The Kissing Booth star King. “You put into words what so many feel but cannot articulate.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-07-11/florence-pugh-valentino-dress-nipples-instagram-statement Florence Pugh slams haters after wearing nipple-baring dress