The Marvel star acknowledged that this “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,” she explained. “I’ve lived in my body for a long time. I’m fully aware of my breast size and am not scared of it.” The actor also noted that she was “grateful” to have grown up in a household with “very strong, powerful, curvy women.”
“We were raised to find power in the creases of our body,” she said. “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.”
Pugh concluded with a powerful sign-off: “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…. #f***ingfreethefuckingnipple.”
The post has gathered more than 1.4 million likes and counting, with a host of support from celebrities and fans alike. Jameela Jamil commented: “You’re a magical f***ing queen and we do not deserve you” and Joey King commented: “You are truly so amazing. You put into words what so many feel but can’t articulate.”
Pugh’s post shows just how much work there is left to do for regarding the body-shaming of women. While we wish there were no circumstances in the first place for the actor to speak out about this topic, we’re so glad that she has.
This story originally appeared on glamourmagazine.co.uk.
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