Despite the fact that it’s 2022 and there are much more important things going on in the world, it seems there are some people *cough* men *cough* out there who still have the time to make unnecessary commentary on women’s bodies.
Florence Pugh was dressed to the nines for the Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter on Friday. The actress wore a flowing floor-length, hot-pink, sheer organza gown from Valentino, and she posed happily for paparazzi as she sat next to Anna Wintour in the front row.
But it turns out despite how awesome she looked, folks on the Internet still had something to say. The issue? Apparently, there’s a number of men who think it’s perfectly okay to berate Pugh for having “tiny tits”.
However, while some A-listers may have held back their frustration, Pugh posted images of her glorious gown to Instagram with an open letter to those who had problems with her being “flat chested”.
“So many of you wanted to aggressively let me know how disappointed you were by my ‘tiny tits’, or how I should be embarrassed by being so ‘flat chested’,” Pugh wrote in the post.
“It makes me wonder what happened to you to be so content with being so loudly upset by the size of my boobs and body,” she mused in another section of the letter.
“It has always been my mission in this industry to say ‘fuck it and fuck that’ whenever anyone expects my body to morph into an opinion of what’s hot or sexually attractive,” she went on to say. “I wore that dress because I know.”
Pugh kept things to the point as she closed out her statement: “Grow up. Respect people. Respect bodies. Respect all women. Respect humans,” she said.
A slew of celebs flooded her comments section, praising her for having the courage to speak up.
“You are truly so amazing,” said Joey King. “You put into words what so many feel but can’t articulate.”
“Ok this is what I been sayingggg,” Aubrey Plaza concurred. And Gemma Chan sent Pugh a simple but supportive “love you ❤.”
You can read Pugh’s powerful statement in full below:
“Listen, I knew when I wore that incredible Valentino dress that there was no way there wouldn’t be a commentary on it. Whether it be negative or positive, we all knew what we were doing.
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..?
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.
Thankfully, I’ve come to terms with the intricacies of my body that make me, me. I’m happy with all of the ‘flaws’ that I couldn’t bear to look at when I was 14.
So many of you wanted to aggressively let me know how disappointed you were by my ‘tiny tits’, or how I should be embarrassed by being so ‘flat chested’.
I’ve lived in my body for a long time. I’m fully aware of my breast size and am not scared of it.
What’s more concerning is…. Why are you so scared of breasts? Small? Large? Left? Right? Only one? Maybe none?
What. Is. So. Terrifying.
It makes me wonder what happened to you to be so content on being so loudly upset by the size of my boobs and body..?
I’m very grateful that I grew up in a household with very strong, powerful, curvy women. We were raised to find power in the creases of our body. To be loud about being comfortable. It has always been my mission in this industry to say ‘fuck it and fuck that’ whenever anyone expects my body to morph into an opinion of what’s hot or 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.
Grow up. Respect people. Respect bodies. Respect all women. Respect humans. Life will get a whole lot easier, I promise.
And all because of two cute little nipples….
Oh! The last slide is for those who feel more comfortable with that inch of darker skin to be covered…
We love when celebrities spill the tea. Case in point? Kim Kardashian just admitted to getting injectables.
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