“Black Widow” star Florence Pugh lashed out at critics of the sheer, breast-baring Valentino dress that she wore to the designer’s runway show in Rome, Italy last week.
In a lengthy Instagram post, the “Midsommar” actress skewered online trolls that she said skewed male for attempting to “totally destroy a woman’s body” for the world to see. “You even do it with your job titles and work emails in your bio,” she wrote.
Pugh said she knew that “there was no way there wouldn’t be a commentary” on the see- through, hot pink gown, and that she knew what she was doing when she put it on, and wasn’t nervous to wear the garment “before, during or even now after.”
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The “Little Women” star captioned a series of photos of herself at the event with a message targeted directly at haters, noting that it was “interesting to watch and witness” how easily, “publicly” and “proudly” that they posted disparaging comments about her body.
“It isn’t the first time and certainly won’t be the last time a woman will hear what’s wrong with her body by a crowd of strangers, what’s worrying is just how vulgar some of you men can be,” she continued.
“What’s more concerning is…. Why are you so scared of breasts? Small? Large? Left? Right? Only one? Maybe none? What. Is. So. Terrifying,” Pugh goaded.
The “Don’t Worry Darling” star said her “mission in this industry to say ‘f–k it and f–k that’” to people who expect her body to appear sexually attractive.
“I wore that dress because I know. If being loudly abusive towards women publicly in 2022 is so easy for you, then the answer is that it is you who doesn’t know,” she concluded. “Grow up. Respect people. Respect bodies. Respect all women. Respect humans. Life will get a whole lot easier, I promise.”
Oscar-winning actress Jessica Chastain defended Pugh on the social platform. “Why is it so threatening for some men to realize that women can love our bodies without your permission? We don’t belong to you,” she wrote.
“Bridgerton” star Regé-Jean Page also supported the actress with a post calling out the bad behavior.
“Read the caption. Take a look at yourself fellas,” he posted. “Then take a look at your mates and step up when it’s time to step up. When the boys are out of line, have a word.”