Florence Pugh Has No Intention of Complying With Hollywood’s Body Standards, and She Bluntly Explained Why
Hollywood often tries to impose strict body standards on its actors, and the industry is frequently criticized for being the source of body image issues among many, including big names like Julianne Moore. Recently, it was the Little Women actress, Florence Pugh, who decided to talk openly about the pressures of looking a certain way and how she took a stand against it.
The actress got candid in a cooking video with Vogue.
In a now-viral video from Vogue where Pugh taught audience how to make garlic crostini, the English actress chatted a bit about life. Midway through the recipe, she touched on body image and the moment stood out.
“Body image for women is a major thing. From the moment you start growing thighs and bums and boobs and all of it, everything starts changing. And your relationship with food starts changing,” she said.
She then went on to mention how she had struggled due to being pushed into changing her body, but refused to do so. “I had a weird chapter at the beginning of my career, but that was because I wasn’t complying,” she added. “I think that was confusing to people, especially in Hollywood.”
“Women in Hollywood, especially young women, are obviously putting themselves in all these ways in order to get whatever opportunity that they need to get because that’s just the way that it’s been,” she began to explain. “And when I went and did that project, it was expected that I’d be on whatever diet I’d need to be on. For me, that was just shocking because I’d never done that before.”
The conversation continued in her Vogue cover story.
In an interview for Vogue magazine, Pugh shared more of her opinions on the topic. “We are human, we are bodies. Yes, I can put makeup on and look good for a premiere. But at the end of the day, I still have hair on the top of my lip and I still smell after a workout and I still get spots when I’m stressed. I think that attitude definitely has trickled down from when I was a child,” she stated.
The Oscar-nominated actress also took a firm stand against dieting in order to portray any character. “I’m never losing weight to look fantastic for a role,” she revealed. “It’s more like, how would this character have lived? What would she be eating?”
What’s your own opinion on today’s beauty standards for men and women?