Celebrities have been making news at fashion weeks around the world recently, whether it’s Kim Kardashian and Nicole Kidman turning into models for Balenciaga, or actress Florence Pugh making a case for #FreeTheNipple and triggering misogynistic trolls online.
The Little Women actress joined celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Hwasa, Ariana DeBose, and Charles Melton in rocking the Valentino Pink PP collection at the label’s Fall/Winter 22-23 showcase in Rome recently.
Pugh looked stunning in a tulle, halter neck, hot pink gown that turned heads because of its billowing skirt and the fact that it was see-through.
Predictably, the dress got people talking and it didn’t take long before the sexist comments about Pugh’s body, and her right to flaunt her body the way she wanted to, started trickling in.
For a while, the actress ignored the comments but then took to Instagram to address the non-issue.
Pugh shared photos of her from the red carpet and wrote a lengthy caption addressing the comments. She wrote, “Listen, I knew when I wore that incredible Valentino dress that there was no way there wouldn’t be a commentary on it. Whether it be negative or positive, we all knew what we were doing. I was excited to wear it, not a wink of me was nervous. I wasn’t before, during or even now after.”
She continued, “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. You even do it with your job titles and work emails in your bio..?”
The Black Widow actress acknowledged that this wasn’t the first time and it won’t be the last time that a woman would have to hear what’s wrong with her body from a group of anonymous strangers, but the vulgarity of some of the comments worried her.
“Thankfully, 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. 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’. I’ve lived in my body for a long time. I’m fully aware of my breast size and am not scared of it.”
The actress further wrote, “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 body. To be loud about being comfortable. It has always been my mission in this industry to say ‘fuck it and fuck that’ whenever anyone expects my body to morph into an opinion of what’s hot or sexually attractive.”
She concluded her post by writing, “Grow up. Respect people. Respect bodies. Respect all women. Respect humans. Life will get a whole lot easier, I promise. And all because of two cute little nipples….”
The actress’ post got a lot of attention and support from around the world, including her fellow celebrities. Bridgerton actor Regé-Jean Page shared her post on his Instagram Stories and wrote, “Take a look at yourself fellas. Then take a look at your mates and step up when it’s time to step up. When the boys are out of line, have a word. The weird thing about misogyny is men actually listen to other men. So do your bit, cos (sic) the next few years in particular are gonna be a really good time to listen, and take some responsibility, for everyone’s sake.”
More power to Florence Pugh!