Kristen at the Cannes red carpet Image: Twitter
Over the last few years, several people (read women) were turned away from certain parties at the Cannes Film Festival, because they were not wearing heels, as mandated by the festival dress code. So, does Cannes also ask the male guests to wear heels? Of course not. And Cannes regular Kristen Stewart has a problem with it.
"There’s a distinct dress code, right? People get really upset at you if you don’t wear heels, or whatever. But you can’t ask people that anymore. It’s kind of a given," Kristen told Hollywood Reporter over the weekend, and the matter gained momentum as Hollywood started paying attention to this dated rule. Kristen is at Cannes this year to promote her directorial debut Come Swim. Over the last week, red carpet sensations like Bella Hadid, Sara Sampaio, Sonam Kapoor strutted down the Cannes carpet in heels and celebrity stylist Philippe Uter had something interesting to say.
"My clients for Cannes are all big models like Coco Rocha, Natasha Poly to name a few, and they will all wear high heels. I think for Cannes it is always better. I prefer high heels on a big red carpet," Uter said. He prefers his clients to wear heels, but even if he didn't, his clients wouldn't be left with much of a choice, owing to the Cannes rulebook. And while we are on the subject, remember Julia Roberts' trailblazing act on the 2016 Cannes red carpet, when she went barefoot at the premiere of Money Monster? Yeah, that's choice. That's also badass Julia.
"Like, if you’re not asking guys to wear heels and a dress, you cannot ask me either," said Kristen, who wore some smashing black Le Silla stilettos for her red carpet appearance this year. But only because she wanted to — she made a choice. But sadly, the choice is not extended to all women, in case they decide against wearing heels.
Edge of Tomorrow star Emily Blunt, too, had spoken about the dated Cannes dress-code at Cannes in 2015. And we can't decide if Cannes is being too French, or just sexist.
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