Female celebrities exist under a microscope. Carefully examined by the public and the entertainment industry, their value is determined by their ability to align themselves with archaic, and often damaging, beauty standards.
While generations before them may have struggled to find a voice in male dominated vocations, actresses like Florence Pugh and Nicola Coughlan aren’t afraid to speak their minds when it comes to body image.
Both Coughlan and Pugh have publicly called out online trolls' ongoing commentary and obsession with their figures.
But in Pugh’s latest interview with Vogue, the cover star admitted it’s something she’s always felt passionately about — even before she started acting.
“Body image for women is a major thing,” she went on to say. “From the moment you start growing thighs and bums and boobs and all of it, everything starts changing, and your relationship with food starts changing.”
Her unwillingness to comply with requests that she should be on a diet led to a “weird chapter” in the early days of her career.
“I wasn’t complying and I think that was confusing to people in Hollywood,” she explained. “It was expected that you would be on whatever diet you needed to be on, and for me that was just shocking because I’d never done that before.”
“I definitely put my foot down in that aspect,” she admitted.
She takes her work seriously, but “I love food,” she said plainly. So if you’re wondering about Pugh’s diet and exercise routine, expect pearls of wisdom like “"Tzatziki goes with everything" only.
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.