Florence Pugh is a famous actress, and as such, part of her job is to show up to stuff in any manner of fashion, from high fashion to red carpet fashion to the always appreciated big ol’ fashion mistake. Florence showed up to the Valentino show in Rome on Friday, and as is tradition, she wore a sheer pink dress by the designer. The reaction Florence might have been expecting could have been gracious applause, or even perhaps the odd surprised gasp. And that could be how people reacted in person, but over on social media, where people are a little less polite, Florence’s look managed to illicit the fired-up emotions of many internet haters, who had no problem demanding that Florence cover up her damn nipples. Florence decided to comment on all the breast-based backlash, and – surprise! – she doesn’t appear to give a shit if her nipples offended anyone’s eyes.
Florence posted a number of pictures of herself to her Instagram account, showing off the dress she wore. It’s giving 1990 Holiday Barbie on a $50 budget – not that that’s a bad thing! It’s just missing some painted-on silver starbursts, and significantly more volume around the shoulders. But some people weren’t really focused on her dress and were instead focused on her nipples. And she acknowledged as much in the caption of her pictures when she wrote: “Technically they’re covered?“.
People magazine notes that after Florence decided to share her look with the world, she braced herself for an avalanche of hate, which swiftly descended upon her with greater pressure than it takes the average person to clutch a strand of pearls. And when it did, she released a second Instagram post – again, with plenty of nipple-present shots – and noted that she wasn’t shocked that people would come for her body in the way that they did.
She prefaced the Instagram post by saying she knew “there was no way there wouldn’t be a commentary” about her “incredible” Valentino look. “Whether it be negative or positive, we all knew what we were doing,” Pugh wrote. “I was excited to wear it, not a wink of me was nervous. I wasn’t before, during or even now after. 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..?”
Part of Florence’s statement focused on how it wasn’t anyone’s business where or when she throws her nipples out there. But another part of it was the accusation that people were being critical of her body. Still, Florence doesn’t care about how many people point out her “flaws,” because she grew up in a home filled with “strong, powerful, curvy women” who empowered her to “come to terms” with her body. She concludes her message by encouraging people to “respect bodies” and “respect all women.” Yes, even the conventionally attractive and socially accepted ones that fit a sample-sized haute couture gown! Please, stop being so hateful to these flawed creatures.
Obviously, Florence could turn off her comments if she was getting sick of weird strangers asking what time the Itty Bitty Titty Committee meets. But she also shouldn’t have to, considering it’s her Instagram account, and nowhere in her bio does it say: “Academy Award-nominated actress and enthusiastic sounding board for all your negative comments about my body – please, talk shit about my boobs!” And besides, why were people so shocked to see her nipples out there in the first place? I just checked the weather and it looks like it was nearly 92 degrees on Friday in Rome. It was HOT. Of course, Florence didn’t wear a bra. Personally, I’m shocked she didn’t come out in a cheap rayon slip dress from Ross with a battery-operated hand-held mister fan cooling her down.
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