Florence Pugh is comfortable in her own skin, and she makes no apologies for it.
The Oscar-nominated actress took to Instagram on Sunday to respond to criticism of the dress she wore to Valentino’s haute couture fashion show in Rome, Italy on Friday. Buck wore a sheer, hot pink tulle dress by the Italian fashion house, sans a bra, with her breasts on display through the gossamer fabric.
“Listen, I knew when I wore that incredible Valentino dress, there wouldn’t be a comment,” Buck wrote in a lengthy Instagram caption. “Whether it’s negative or positive, we all know what we’re doing.”
Despite the expected scrutiny, the “Little Women” star said, “I’m not one iota nervous” about wearing the daring dress, and credits the “very strong, powerful, curvy women” she grew up with for instilling this confidence.
“We’re raised to find power in the folds of our bodies. To be loud about being comfortable,” Book said. “It’s always been my job in the industry to say ‘f— that and f— that’ whenever someone expects my body to change the perception of being hot or sexually attractive.”
“How easy it is for men to completely destroy a woman’s body publicly, proudly, for all to see,” Pugh added, “when I understand the nuances of my body that make me and me.”
“This isn’t the first time, and it certainly won’t be the last time a woman has been asked what’s wrong with her body by a bunch of strangers, and it’s worrying how to mean some of you men can be,” Buck explained. “Many of you wanted to aggressively let me know… how I should be ashamed of being ‘flat-chested.’ I’ve lived with my body for a long time. I’m fully aware of my breast size and I’m not afraid of it.
The 26-year-old actress ended her post by calling on her detractors to respect “all women” and move all “humans” forward.
“Grow up. Respect people. Respect the bodies,” said Book. “Life will get a lot easier, I promise.”
Florence Pugh Is Doing Her Part to Free the Nipple
Never tell Florence Buck what to do with her dating life or her nipples. The actor attended the Valentino show in Rome on Friday in a hot-pink gown. While many fans hailed her look as the perfect Barbie movie audition, critics could only focus on one thing: her breasts, specifically, her visible nipples.
“Are they technically hidden?” She wrote on Instagram, sharing uncensored photos from the event. More than 24 hours later, the post hasn’t been removed — a minor victory considering Instagram’s strict “no female nipples” policy. But the post’s staying power has allowed sexist trolls more time to make unwanted comments about Buck’s body, which he quickly shut down with a new post that shared even more photos from the Sunday morning event.
“When I put on that incredible Valentino dress, I knew there wouldn’t be a comment,” she wrote, adding that she didn’t worry or regret wearing the daring gown. “It is interesting to watch and witness how easily men destroy a woman’s body publicly, proudly, for all to see. You even do that with your job titles and work emails in your bio..?” Without naming names (lucky them, honestly), Book continued, calling the men “loudly wrong” and “vulgar.”
“Many of you wanted to aggressively tell me how disappointed you were with my ‘small breasts’ or how I should be ashamed of my ‘flat chest,'” she wrote. “I’ve lived in my body for a long time. I’m fully aware of my breast size, and I’m not afraid of it. Buck kept asking, “Why are you afraid of breasts? Small? Is it big? left? right? Only one? Maybe not? what There is So. Terrifying.” At the end, she added, “Grow up. Respect people. Respect bodies. Respect all women. Respect people. Life will get a lot easier, I promise. And because of the two cute little nipples…”
When grown men comment on Pugh’s breast size on social media, you’re on notice now.