Anne Hathaway, Hwasa of MAMAMOO, and more style stars were in attendance at the Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2022 show in Rome. The Italian fashion house held the presentation at the Square of Spain, and had models sashaying down the Spanish steps in opulent pieces by Pierpaolo Piccioli.
However, the collection wasn't the only thing that made headlines. British actress Florence Pugh's appearance at the show also caught the internet's attention, but not in the way it should have.
Clad in the brand's signature hot pink hue, she graced the front row in a tulle halter gown cinched at the waist. It was completely see-through from the waist up, making for a very stylish "free the nipple" moment. She even posted the outfit on Instagram with the caption: "Technically they're [her chest] covered?"
However, the look was not entirely well-received in her comments section. Soon after the photos went live, netizens began criticizing Florence for the skin-baring ensemble. The Little Women star responded to the body shaming with a post the next day.
Posting more photos of herself in the gown, the actress wrote, "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."
Florence then addressed the multiple comments pointing out the size of her breasts.
She continued, "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 ‘f*ck it and f*ck that’ whenever anyone expects my body to morph into an opinion of what’s hot or sexually attractive."
To end her post, Florence sent a timely reminder to her critics about respect.
"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….," she said.
See the original post on Florence Pugh's page below:
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