Elizabeth Hurley, 52, slammed for wearing 'inappropriate' plunging dress with 16-year-old son

According to Elizabeth Hurley, her son doesn’t mind her sexy photos — but her critics still take issue with it.

On Thursday, Damian Hurley turned 16 and the actress took to Instagram to share a photo of them together. “Happy Birthday to my little prince @damianhurley1 . The light of my life for the last 16 years,” she wrote in the caption. 

In the image, the teenager wears a silk blazer with a floral pattern while his mother is in a plunging dress with colorful crystal embellishment.

Commenters were quick to pass judgement on the 52-year-old’s attire, with one fan even calling her an “embarrassing mum.” Another added, “Using this moment to ‘showcase her assets’ and focus the attention back on her.” Someone else called the number “a tiny bit inappropriate,” with a user adding, “Your dress is way too revealing for a sophisticated elegant lady like you.”

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: Elizabeth Hurley attends the Build Series to discuss the new season of 'The Royals' at Build Studio on March 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: Actor Elizabeth Hurley visits Extra at Hard Rock Cafe - Times Square on March 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: Elizabeth Hurley visits SiriusXM Studios on March 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Elizabeth Hurley attends the launch of Dinosaurs in the Wild at Greenwich Peninsula on February 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Dinosaurs in the Wild)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 11: Actress Elizabeth Hurley attends The Fight Hunger and The Breast Cancer Research Foundations Auction Cocktail at Shangri La on December 11, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: Elizabeth Hurley attends the BOVET 1822 Brilliant is Beautiful Gala benefitting Artists for Peace and Justice's Global Education Fund for Women and Girls at Claridge's Hotel on December 1, 2017 in London, England.PHOTOGRAPH BY Jules Annan / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Jules Annan / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 30: Elizabeth 'Liz' Hurley during the Mon Cheri Barbara Tag at Postpalast on November 30, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images for Mon Cheri)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Elizabeth Hurley (L) and Damian Hurley attend the 'Paddington 2' premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on November 5, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Elizabeth Hurley attends the 25th Anniversary of the Estee Lauder Companies UK's Breast Cancer Campaign at the US Ambassadors Residence, Winfield House, Regents Park on October 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Estee Lauder Companies)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Elizabeth Hurley attends the 25th Anniversary of the Estee Lauder Companies UK's Breast Cancer Campaign at the US Ambassadors Residence, Winfield House, Regents Park on October 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Estee Lauder Companies)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Elizabeth Hurley attends the 'Future Dreams' Fundraising Lunch at The Savoy Hotel on October 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 05: Elizabeth Hurley visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on October 5, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - OCTOBER 05: Elizabeth Hurley attends Bloomingdale's Century City Appearance by Elizabeth Hurley, Global Brand Ambassador for the Estee Lauder Companies' Breast Cancer Campaign at Bloomingdale's Century City on October 5, 2017 in Century City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Bloomingdale's)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Alan Carr (L) and Elizabeth Hurley, representing Walking With The Wounded/Wounded Veterans Fund, make a trade at BGC Charity Day on September 11, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Partners )
MUMBAI, INDIA - MAY 19, 2011: Elizabeth Hurley and Shane Warne at launch of his brand Spinners life style collection in India at Reliance Trends in Mumbai on Thursday -. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: George Osborne (L) and Elizabeth Hurley attend the Woodside Gallery Dinner in benefit of Elton John AIDS Foundation in partnership with BVLGARI at Woodside on June 22, 2017 in Windsor, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BVLGARI)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: Elizabeth Hurley attending the V&A summer party 2017 at The Victoria and Albert Museum on June 21, 2017 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Peter / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Peter / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Actress Elizabeth Hurley attends the 2017 Breast Cancer Research Foundation Hot Pink Party at Park Avenue Armory on May 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 21: Elizabeth Hurley and Damian Hurley attend An American in Paris - press night at Dominion Theatre on March 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 08: Elizabeth Hurley during the World Premiere of 'THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES' at the Curzon Mayfair on March 08, 2017 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Peter / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Peter / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Actress Elizabeth Hurley attends An Unforgettable Evening at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 16, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Elizabeth Hurley is seen at LAX on February 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 15: Elizabeth Hurley arrives at the Dsquared2 show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017/18 on January 15, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for Dsquared2)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: Elizabeth Hurley sighting on December 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Elizabeth Hurley at the Ivy restaurant for an intimate Kylie Minogue performnce on December 7, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Elizabeth Hurley attends an intimate performance with Kylie Minogue at The Ivy to kick off The Ivy 100 Centenary celebrations on December 7, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for The Ivy)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Damian Hurley and Elizabeth Hurley seen on the streets of Manhattan on December 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
Elizabeth Hurley attending the Letters Live Black Tie Gala Dinner, at the V&A, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 29, 2016. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire (Photo by Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: Elizabeth Hurley attends a VIP dinner to celebrate The Animal Ball 2016 presented by Elephant Family at Sexy Fish on November 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/ Getty Images for Elephant Family)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Elizabeth Hurley visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on November 17, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Elizabeth Hurley attends The London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at The Old Vic Theatre on November 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Elizabeth Hurley and Evgeny Lebedev attend Centrepoint At The Palace at Kensington Palace on November 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Patrick Cox and Elizabeth Hurley attending the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards on October 31, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
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Others jumped to The Royals star’s defense, with multiple people calling her “stunning” and “beautiful,” while one individual wrote, “If you’ve got it… flaunt it.”

And that’s exactly what she does — but don’t think that because she shares a lot of bikini pictures that she’s egomaniacal. “It’s not just a mad ego trip,” Hurley told Yahoo Lifestyle of her Instagram, which is filled with snapshots from the beach. “It’s not just me going nuts on holiday. It’s a business. If I didn’t have my own bikini line, I probably wouldn’t be posting pictures of myself in a bikini.”

She’s also a big proponent of body positivity. “There has been such a big movement in the last few years, which I think is such a positive one. That not everybody has to be 24 and 90 pounds,” Hurley explains. “People are feeling much more comfortable with their own body shape, with their own body type, and I think that’s a really great thing. At any age, it’s fantastic.”

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