Florence Pugh defends wearing a sheer Valentino dress amid criticism
Florence Pugh is comfortable in her own skin and she won’t apologize for it.
The Oscar-nominated actress took to Instagram on Sunday to respond to criticism of a dress she wore to Valentino’s haute couture runway show in Rome, Italy on Friday. Pugh wore a sheer pink tulle dress from the Italian fashion house braless, with her breasts showing through the sheer fabric.
“Listen I knew when I wore this incredible Valentino dress there was no way that there was going to be a comment on it,” Pugh wrote in a lengthy Instagram caption. “Whether negative or positive, we all knew what we were doing.”
Despite the expected scrutiny, the Little Women star said “not a wink from me was nervous” about wearing the bold dress, and credits the “very strong, powerful, curvy women” she grew up with for helping her conveyed that confidence.
“We were raised to find strength in the folds of our bodies. Being loud, being comfortable,” Pugh said. “It’s always been my mission in this industry to say ‘F— it and f— that’ whenever someone expects my body to morph into an opinion about what’s hot or sexually attractive.”
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Pugh added that while she “comes to terms with the intricacies of my body that make me who I am,” she was struck by “how easy it is for men to openly, proudly, and fully embrace a woman’s body.” destroy”.
“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,” Pugh explained. “So many of you aggressively wanted me to know… 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.”
The 26-year-old actress ended her post by urging her critics to respect “all women” and all “people.”
“Grow up. Respect people. Respect bodies,” Pugh said. “Life will be a lot easier, I promise.”
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Several of Pugh’s celebrity friends applauded her candidness in the comments.
“Okay I said that ggg,” Aubrey Plaza wrote.
“You really are so amazing,” commented actress Joey King. “You put into words what so many feel but cannot articulate.”
“RESPECT. Period,” wrote Ariana DeBose.
“You were always great, you Flo,” commented actress Jeanine Mason. “It’s one of the constants of the universe that brings me so much joy. Flo is Flo no matter what.”
“You are a magical (expletive) queen and we don’t deserve you,” Jameela Jamil wrote.
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