Florence Pugh has hit out at the “vulgar” criticism she received about her body after wearing a revealing dress at the Valentino fashion show.
The Black Widow star took to Instagram on Sunday (July 10) to call out those who made derogatory comments about her breasts, pointing out the cruel nature of some men commenting on women’s bodies in public.
Alongside a series of pictures of herself in a pink gown, Pugh wrote: “Listen, I knew when I wore that incredible Valentino dress there was no way there would be no comment on it. Whether negative or positive, we all knew what we were doing.
“I was excited to wear it, I wasn’t nervous at all. I wasn’t before, during or now after.
“It was interesting to watch and witness how easy it is for a man to totally destroy a woman’s body, publicly, proudly, for everyone to see. Do you even do this with your job titles and work emails in your bio…?’
She continued: “It’s not the first time and it certainly won’t be the last time a woman hears what’s wrong with her body from a bunch of strangers, it’s disturbing how vulgar some of you men can be.
“Thankfully, I’ve come to terms with the complexities of my body that make me who I am. I’m happy with all the “flaws” I couldn’t look at when I was 14.
“So many of you aggressively wanted to let me know how disappointed you were with my ‘little goats’ or how ashamed I should be of being so ‘flat chested’. I lived in my body for a long time. I am fully aware of the size of my breasts and am not afraid of it.
“What’s more disturbing is… Why are you so afraid of breasts? Small? Big? Left, go away? Right? Just one? Maybe none? What. It’s. So. Scary.
Pugh went on to say that she is grateful to have grown up in a household of “very strong, powerful, curvy women” and that she was raised to “be loud in her body, to be comfortable.”
“It’s always been my mission in the industry to say ‘fuck it and fuck it’ whenever someone expects my body to translate into an opinion of what’s hot or sexually attractive,” she continued. “I wore the dress because I know.
“If it’s so easy for you to publicly insult women in 2022, then the answer is that you don’t.”
She ended the post with the addition: “Grow up. Respect people. Respect bodies. Respect all women. Respect people. Life will be much easier, I promise. And all because of two cute nipples… #fuckingfreethefuckingnipple.”
Florence Pugh next appears opposite Harry Styles in Don’t Worry Darling, a psychological thriller about a woman who uncovers a disturbing truth about men in her utopian town.