You would think that by now, in the year that is 2021, we would have stopped scrutinising women for how they look and especially by their weight. It’s something the body positivity movement has fought tirelessly for and something Bridgerton and Derry Girls star, Nicola Coughlan thinks we should cease, too.
During the Golden Globes on Sunday, Nicola took part in the virtual red carpet wearing a dreamy pastel yellow Molly Goddard gown, a Ply Knits cropped cardigan and De Beers jewellery. Her blonde hair was cropped into a perfect chin-length bob and her bright pink eyeshadow is something we want to replicate ASAP.
Yet, one Twitter user decided to spend their time writing and tweeting a negative comment directed at the actress. It read: “The fat girl from Bridgerton is wearing a black cardigan at the Golden Globes, bc no matter how hot and stylish you are, if you’re a fat girl there will always be a black cardigan you think about wearing, then decide against, but ultimately wear bc you feel like you have to.”
Nicola replied with the excellent retort: “I thought the cardigan looked ace, Molly Goddard used them on her runway with the dresses that’s where the idea came from, also I have a name.”
The Bridgerton star, who appears as Penelope Featherington in the Netflix series, was later listed on best-dressed lists for the evening, and tweeted how she used to find red carpets ‘so intimidating’ when she first started out.
“Red Carpets and shoots are SO intimidating and when I first started to do them I was terrified and didn’t feel fully myself, but having a brilliant stylist like Aimee [Croysdill] has just allowed me to have so much fun with fashion and it’s just been a total joy,” she wrote.
She also later directed Twitter users to a piece she wrote for The Guardian two years ago about being called an ‘overweight girl’ by a theatre reviewer. She added: “Can we judge actors for their work and not their bodies?
“Also can we please stop asking women about their weight in interviews, especially when it [is] completely irrelevant. I’m seeing a lot of interviews from 10 years ago where people go ‘Oh weren’t the questions so inappropriate!’ unfortunately it’s still happening.”
Nicola added in the thread that every time she is asked about her body in an interview it makes her ‘deeply’ uncomfortable and she’s sad that she can’t just talk about the job instead.
“It’s so reductive to women when we’re making great strides for diversity in the arts, but questions like that just pull us backwards,” Nicola continued.
“So yeah, it’s 2021 it would be nice if we didn’t have to keep having this conversation. I would really love to never be asked about it in an interview again, also I have so many other things I love to talk about, I’m Irish so I can talk till the cows come home.”
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.