Nicola Coughlan has responded to a tweet suggesting she felt pressure to wear a black cardigan during the Golden Globes because she's a "fat girl".
The Bridgerton star, looked dazzling in a stunning Molly Goddard gown made from the softest pastel yellow tulle, completing her glamorous look with a cute knitted cardigan by Ply-Knits tied delicately at the neck.
It was this choice of accessory that was the subject of a tweet, which lead to the Derry Girls star issuing a response on social media.
"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," the tweet read.
To which Coughlan replied that she actually decided to wear the cardigan after spotting a similar styling on a Molly Goddard catwalk.
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
— Nicola Coughlan (@nicolacoughlan) March 1, 2021
Styled by Aimée Croysdill, Coughlan's dress featured a full princess skirt, bandeau bust and tiered ruffles in a sheer tulle.
Not only did the pastel yellow suit the star perfectly, it also gave a modern take on something her Bridgerton character – Penelope Featherington – might wear.
But the adding of a cardigan prompted Amanda Richards, founder of the Big Calf podcast "about being a fat kid" to comment on the star's reasons for wearing one.
Watch: Golden Globe fashion: low necklines and Evan Rachel Wood in a tux.
Following Coughlan's reply, the podcast founder clarified on Twitter that she was a fan of the star's look, adding that Coughlan had "correctly" called her out for not using her name.
"I definitely projected my own feelings about the requisite fat girl cover up cardigan onto that look," she added, while also stating:
"I am once again asking anyone who thinks the word fat is 'mean' to examine why."
Other fans stepped in to praise Coughlan for her dignified response.
Nicola Coughlan, star of Bridgerton and Derry Girls, paired a black cardi with a stunning gown by Molly Goddard and some serious bling in a perfect look for this Zoom meets Glam #GoldenGlobes
Fixed it. pic.twitter.com/YiCfZloY6f
— Anuja V 🏳️🌈 (@Anuja_V) March 1, 2021
Well said Nicola you completely rocked your outfit. 👊🏻🤘🏻 love a cardi and any reason to wear one 😍
— LeeLou Photography (@LeeLouPhotos) March 1, 2021
The cardigan was indeed lovely - if only because you were wearing it. Also, your eye make-up was 💥
— Karen DeBortoli🍁👟👠🐈🏰 (@KMD_YYZ) March 1, 2021
@nicolacoughlan you look fab with or without the cardigan. You do you, girlfriend!! 🙌🏻😘💁🏻♀️
— Dinali Mallikage (@DMallikage) March 1, 2021
It isn't the first time Coughlan has hit back when people have chosen to focus on her body shape.
Back in 2019 she challenged a reviewer for concentrating on her weight while reviewing a play, sharing her response to the incident on Twitter.
"I tweeted them and said 'this is unacceptable. He doesn’t come to review my work, he reviews my body. You need to apologise," she told BBC Sounds podcast Duvet Days, as reported by Metro.
The star went on to make the point that critiquing her acting is fine with her, but to focus purely on weight isn't.
She continued: "I take my job so seriously, I worked so hard. And if you didn’t like my acting, if you think my acting was crap you can say that.
"If you think my accent was rubbish, say that. But to say 'she’s bullied because she’s overweight': no. You just fundamentally got that wrong."
Earlier this year Coughlan also had the best response to Kim Kardashian when she asked whether she should bother jumping on the Bridgerton bandwagon.