Fashion enthusiasts in Hollywood are accustomed to taking risks when it comes to the red carpet. Florence Pugh knew she was going to spark controversy when she showed up to the Valentino runway show in Rome this past weekend.
Known for her roles in Little Women, Midsommar, and Black Widow, Florence has been rising higher and higher to household name status over the last few years. She's been experimenting more and more with her fashion choices as well, and she showed up to the Valentino runway show in Rome in a beautiful, ethereal pink gown with a delicate halter neckline with sheer ruffles. However, while the silhouette of the gown was timeless and classic, there was one part of her ensemble that was a little uncommon – her nipples were very visible through the dress, and intentionally so.
Florence Pugh Demands People "Respect All Women" after She's Criticized for Wearing a Dress Showing Her Nipples
Florence's dress was a showstopper, no question about it. That shade of pink was made for her, and the gown was incredibly flattering. But people couldn't help but notice that her nipples were exposed for the world to see. Apparently, she received several comments about her nipples being visible. Some people weren't comfortable with seeing that much of her body and apparently some also commented on the size of her breasts.
"Bro am I the only one who thinks that this is not okay?" one person commented. "Technically you need a bra..." another person said. "Technically you're showing your breast to underaged kids. There's a reason there's no nudity on IG," someone said. "Man boobs," another person wrote.
While there are certainly a few comments that are rude and unnecessary, most of the comments who criticized her fashion choice seemed fairly reasonable, especially the several comments that asked why this type of nudity is allowed on social media in front of kids.
Florence, 26, decided to send a message to everyone who criticized her fashion choice in Rome. She penned a note in the caption of her Instagram post telling everyone that they need to stop body shaming women.
"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," she wrote. "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."
"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,'" she continued. "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."
Florence goes on to say that she's happy she "grew up in a household with very strong, powerful, curvy women" who were raised to "find power in the creases of our body."
"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 wrote. "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…."
The comments are all in her favor, adding that it's unfair that men get to show their nipples at the beach freely while women have to cover them up. She ended the caption with the hashtag #f*ckingfreethef*ckingnipple.