Florence Pugh has a powerful message to the body shamers criticising her

"I’m fully aware of my breast size and am not scared of it."

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"I’m fully aware of my breast size and am not scared of it."

British actress Florence Pugh is not only a fabulous talent, she's also a badass when it comes to standing up for herself.

After recently donning a sheer bright pink Valentino dress for an event - which, *shock horror* revealed her nipples - some were quick to criticise the 26-year-old's body.

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Addressing the barrage of comments, Florence posted on her Instagram profile that she was well aware the dress would elicit commentary. What she was more surprised by, she notes, is "how vulgar some of you men can be."

In a powerful message to the critics, Florence 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.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."

She also described how "not a wink" of her was nervous to wear the dress, "before, during or even now after." Defiant, Florence questioned how it is that the online critics felt no shame in so brazenly trying to tear a woman's body down:

"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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The Little Women actress went on to say that she's "very grateful" for having grown up in a household with "very strong, powerful, curvy women."

She added: "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."

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Explaining her reasoning behind why she wore the dress - apart from the fact that it looked incredible on her - she said plainly: "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."

Offering up some advice to those who criticised her outfit and breast size, Florence said: "Grow up. Respect people. Respect bodies. Respect all women. Respect humans. Life will get a whole lot easier, I promise."

She signed off with an appropriate hashtag: #fuckingfreethefuckingnipple.

Amy Sedghi

Amy Sedghi is a freelance journalist, specialising in health and fitness, travel, beauty, sustainability and cycling.

Having started her career in The Guardian newsroom working with an award-winning team, Amy's proud to have reported on a variety of topics, speaking to a range of voices and travelling far and wide to do so. From interviews on ski lifts to writing up breaking stories outside courtrooms, Amy is used to reporting from a range of locations (she’s even been known to type up a story in a tent).

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