English actress Florence Pugh has criticized body-shaming trolls on Instagram after receiving a flood of negative comments after posting a picture of herself in a revealing dress.
Pugh, 26, wore a see-through pink Valentino gown, in which her breasts were visible, to the fashion house’s latest show in Rome.
On Sunday night, Pugh took aim at trolls on Instagram who shared their disapproval of her decision to wear the revealing dress.
Alongside photos of herself in the dress showing off her boobs, Pugh wrote: “Listen I knew when I put on that amazing Valentino dress there was no way there wasn’t a comment on it.
“Whether negative or positive, we all knew what we were doing.
“I was excited to use it, not a wink from me I was nervous. It wasn’t before, during or even now after.
“What has been interesting to watch and witness is how easy it is for men to totally destroy a woman’s body, in public, with pride, for all to see.
“Do you even do it with your job titles and work emails in your bio…?
“It’s not the first time and it certainly won’t be the last time a woman will hear what’s happening to her body from a crowd of strangers, what’s worrying is how vulgar some of you men can be.
“Fortunately, I have come to terms with the complexities of my body that make me me. I’m happy with all the ‘flaws’ I couldn’t bear to look at when I was 14.
“Many of you aggressively wanted to tell me how disappointed you were in my ‘tiny boobs,’ or how embarrassed I should be about having a ‘flat chest.’
“I have lived in my body for a long time. I am fully aware of the size of my breasts and I am not afraid of it.
“What is more worrying is…. Why are you so afraid of breasts? Small? Length? Left? Right? Only one? Maybe none?
“What. Is. So. Scary.
“It makes me wonder what happened to you to be so happy to be so upset about the size of my breasts and my body…
“I am so grateful to have grown up in a home with very strong, powerful, curvy women. We were raised to find power in the folds of our bodies.
“Making noise about being comfortable. It’s always been my mission in this industry to say ‘fuck and fuck that’ whenever someone expects my body to morph into an opinion on what is sexy or sexually attractive.
“I wore that dress because I know.
“If publicly abusing women out loud in 2022 is that easy for you, then the answer is that you don’t know.
“Grow up. Respect people. Respect bodies. Respect all women. Respect humans. Life will be so much easier, I promise.”
“And all for two pretty nipples…
“Whoa! The last slide is for those who are more comfortable with that inch of darker skin to cover…
Bridgerton actor Rege-Jean Page joined the conversation and supported Pugh’s message.
Taking to her Instagram story, Page, 34, reposted the image of Pugh wearing the dress and echoing her post, wrote: “What. It is. So. Scary?” followed by a clapping hand emoji.
Underneath the image, he added: “(Read caption. Take a look at yourselves guys. Then take a look at your teammates and step up when it’s time to do so.
“When the guys are out of line, have a word.
“The weird thing about misogyny is that men really do 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. Sure.”
Thousands of supportive comments were left on Pugh’s post, including one from Derry Girls actress Nicola Coughlan, who wrote, “I adore you,” followed by a pink heart emoji.