Anya Taylor-Joy slammed for 'normalizing starvation'

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By James Kay

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Anya Taylor-Joy has found herself in hot water after being accused of "normalizing starvation" due to her outfit for the Dune: Part Two premiere.

The actress shared a black-and-white image on her Instagram account, which showed her noticeably slim waist, which some viewers weren't too pleased with.

While some fans praised her look, others swiftly criticized Taylor-Joy, accusing her of glorifying unhealthy body standards.

"Can we not normalize starvation?" questioned one user, reflecting the concerns of many who viewed the photo.

Expressing disappointment, another commenter remarked: "Rough. Expected better from you tbh. Thinness isn’t chic."

Amid the criticism, a few defended the actress, emphasizing her right to express herself freely.

"I believe you’re remarkable individuals and a positive representation of humanity," wrote a supporter. "Nonetheless, the content being promoted through this imagery may not be conducive to wellbeing."

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Anya Taylor-Joy at the Dune: Part Two premiere in New York City. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

In response to the polarizing opinions, defenders argued for Taylor-Joy's autonomy and choice in her fashion decisions.

"She’s not promoting anything, dude, let a woman be free. If she likes it good, if you don’t, it’s perfectly fine," wrote one supporter, echoing the sentiments of others.

Another wrote: "Everyone wants more freedom for women and for them to be more empowered, and when she dresses the way she wants all of a sudden all the women are against her. Check your hypocrisy a little bit."

This isn't the first time that Taylor-Joy's outfits have been called into question - at a previous premiere she was accused of "cosplaying as a Muslim woman."

Taylor-Joy opted for a white floor-length gown paired with a hooded veil, reminiscent of traditional Muslim attire, particularly a burka and hijab.

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Anya Taylor-Joy was accused of "cosplaying as a Muslim woman." Credit: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Future Publishing/Getty

While her appearance on the red carpet in the Dior ensemble was visually striking, fans were quick to notice the resemblance to garments worn by Muslim women, igniting a passionate discussion on social media platforms.

Critics argued that Taylor-Joy's attire amounted to cultural appropriation and Orientalism, referencing Edward Said's theory that critiques the Western portrayal of Eastern cultures. "They will cosplay as Muslim women but never speak up for them," expressed one X user.

Despite the backlash, some defended Taylor-Joy, suggesting that her outfit could draw inspiration from various cultures and religions, including Catholicism.

While Taylor-Joy's outfit generated controversy, her co-star Zendaya garnered praise for her cyborg-style ensemble, curated by Law Roach. Zendaya wowed in a vintage Thierry Mugler silver bodysuit.

Featured image credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Anya Taylor-Joy slammed for 'normalizing starvation'

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By James Kay

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Anya Taylor-Joy has found herself in hot water after being accused of "normalizing starvation" due to her outfit for the Dune: Part Two premiere.

The actress shared a black-and-white image on her Instagram account, which showed her noticeably slim waist, which some viewers weren't too pleased with.

While some fans praised her look, others swiftly criticized Taylor-Joy, accusing her of glorifying unhealthy body standards.

"Can we not normalize starvation?" questioned one user, reflecting the concerns of many who viewed the photo.

Expressing disappointment, another commenter remarked: "Rough. Expected better from you tbh. Thinness isn’t chic."

Amid the criticism, a few defended the actress, emphasizing her right to express herself freely.

"I believe you’re remarkable individuals and a positive representation of humanity," wrote a supporter. "Nonetheless, the content being promoted through this imagery may not be conducive to wellbeing."

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Anya Taylor-Joy at the Dune: Part Two premiere in New York City. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

In response to the polarizing opinions, defenders argued for Taylor-Joy's autonomy and choice in her fashion decisions.

"She’s not promoting anything, dude, let a woman be free. If she likes it good, if you don’t, it’s perfectly fine," wrote one supporter, echoing the sentiments of others.

Another wrote: "Everyone wants more freedom for women and for them to be more empowered, and when she dresses the way she wants all of a sudden all the women are against her. Check your hypocrisy a little bit."

This isn't the first time that Taylor-Joy's outfits have been called into question - at a previous premiere she was accused of "cosplaying as a Muslim woman."

Taylor-Joy opted for a white floor-length gown paired with a hooded veil, reminiscent of traditional Muslim attire, particularly a burka and hijab.

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Anya Taylor-Joy was accused of "cosplaying as a Muslim woman." Credit: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Future Publishing/Getty

While her appearance on the red carpet in the Dior ensemble was visually striking, fans were quick to notice the resemblance to garments worn by Muslim women, igniting a passionate discussion on social media platforms.

Critics argued that Taylor-Joy's attire amounted to cultural appropriation and Orientalism, referencing Edward Said's theory that critiques the Western portrayal of Eastern cultures. "They will cosplay as Muslim women but never speak up for them," expressed one X user.

Despite the backlash, some defended Taylor-Joy, suggesting that her outfit could draw inspiration from various cultures and religions, including Catholicism.

While Taylor-Joy's outfit generated controversy, her co-star Zendaya garnered praise for her cyborg-style ensemble, curated by Law Roach. Zendaya wowed in a vintage Thierry Mugler silver bodysuit.

Featured image credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty