Florence Pugh tells ‘vulgar’ men who are bothered by her sheer dress to ‘grow up’

Florence Pugh asks the sexist trolls a simple question about her sheer dress: “Why are you so afraid of breasts?”

The Black Widow star responded powerfully to the comments surrounding a sheer, hot pink Valentino tulle gown she wore to the couture brand’s show in Rome on Friday.

Pugh said she anticipated the reaction to the cheeky ensemble, which completely exposed her breasts, but was taken aback by “how vulgar” the reaction online was to the “two cute little nipples.”

“Whether negative or positive, we all knew what we were doing. I was excited to wear it, never once was nervous,” she said. wrote in a post on Instagram on Sunday along with photos from the event. “I was not there before, during, or even now after.”

“It was interesting to watch and witness how easy it is for men to completely destroy a woman’s body, publicly, proudly, for all to see,” she continued, noting that many of her critics include their “job titles and job emails.” “On their accounts.

“This is not the first time and certainly not the last time a woman hears what is wrong with her body from a crowd of strangers, what is worrying is how vulgar some of you men can be.”

Pugh arrives for the Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 22/23 show on July 8 in Rome.
Pugh arrives for the Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 22/23 show on July 8 in Rome.

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I drink first presented the dress on Instagram Saturday, along with the heading “Technically they are protected”, which was apparently enough to satisfy the well-known restrictive and often unfairly punishing nudity policy.

Pugh shared that in some of the replies, people told her “how disappointed you are with my ‘tiny boobs'” or that she “should be ashamed of being so ‘flat chested’.”

However, the negative comments did not shake Pugh’s confidence in the slightest.

“I lived in my body for a long time. I am fully aware of my breast size and not afraid of it,” she continued. “Most of all worries… Why are you so afraid of breasts? Small? Big? Left? Right? Only one? Maybe not? Which. Is. So. Terrible”.

The Oscar nominee said she attributes her self-acceptance to how she was raised to “find strength in the folds of our body” in a family of “very strong, powerful, curvy women.”

Her upbringing informed how Pugh resisted Hollywood’s toxic beauty standards, including the expectation that her body should “turn into an opinion of what is hot or sexually attractive”.

“I wore this dress because I know that if it’s so easy for you to insult women in public in 2022, then the answer is that you don’t know,” she concluded the post, along with the hashtag #fuckingfreethefuckingnipple.

“Grow up. Respect people. Respect bodies. Respect all women. Respect people. Life will get a lot easier, I promise.”

Anna Wintour and Pugh together at the Valentino fashion show.
Anna Wintour and Pugh together at the Valentino fashion show.

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Pugh has previously spoken about the relatively conservative attitude towards nudity in America, in contrast to her native England, expressing her surprise at how the public here is “quite afraid of asses and nipples.”

“I don’t know why. Such strange people,” she said. told the Radio Times magazine in 2018. “My parents were very cool and made sure we watched a lot of European movies when we were growing up, so nudity was never a problem for me as long as it was done beautifully.”