Florence Pugh doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her breasts: ‘Grow up’

A woman with short, black hair posing in a black, button-up outfit
Florence Pugh attends the 2022 British Academy Film Awards in London.
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Don’t worry about Florence Pugh’s breasts, darling.

The Oscar-nominated actor took to Instagram Sunday to shut down haters’ unsolicited opinions about a sheer Valentino dress she wore proudly to the Valentino Haute Couture fashion show over the weekend in Rome.

In a powerful post, Pugh shared photos of herself modeling the frilly fuchsia gown, which revealed her nipples, and declared she didn’t have a “wink” of anxiety about wearing it before, during or after the event.

“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,” the “Don’t Worry Darling” star wrote.

“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...?”


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Since emerging as one of Hollywood’s brightest new stars, Pugh has never been one to back down from online scrutiny. In May, the 26-year-old performer called the media out for spreading false dating rumors about her and her “Midsommar” co-star Will Poulter. She has also publicly dismissed criticism of her relationship with 47-year-old “Scrubs” actor Zach Braff.

“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 in Sunday’s statement.

“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 t—,’ 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.”

Toward the end of her caption, Pugh explained that it’s always been her “mission in this industry to say ‘f— it and f— that’ ” when pressured to “to morph into an opinion of what’s hot or sexually attractive.” She punctuated the defiant message with an equally defiant hashtag: #freethef—nipple.

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“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,” she wrote. “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.

“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….”

Shortly after Pugh said her piece, former “Bridgerton” star Regé-Jean Page shared her post on his Instagram Story. He repeated the words “What. Is. So. Terrifying” and encouraged his millions of followers to read Pugh’s full remarks.

“Take a look at yourself fellas,” Page wrote, according to a screenshot published by Page Six.

“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. The weird thing about misogyny is men actually listen to other men, so do your bit, cos the next few years in particular are gonna be a really good time to listen, and take some responsibility, for everyone’s sake.”

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Among the other actors who rallied for Pugh in the comments section of her post were Aubrey Plaza, Dan Levy, Nicola Coughlan, Gemma Chan, Ariana DeBose, Joey King and Jameela Jamil.

“You’re a magical f— queen and we do not deserve you,” replied “The Good Place” alum Jamil.

“You are truly so amazing,” wrote “The Kissing Booth” star King. “You put into words what so many feel but can’t articulate.”