Actress Kristen Stewart, who is a member of the Cannes Film Festival jury this year, apparently staged a protest of the festival’s uptight rule requiring women to wear high heel shoes on the red carpet. Stewart arrived on the red carpet ahead of the screening for Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman wearing a pair of black Christian Loubitin heels. But then she slipped them off and walked up the red carpet stairs completely barefoot.
Many perceived the act as a protest of the event’s notorious dress code, but as Variety points out, it had been raining and it’s possible Stewart may have felt more surefooted not wearing high heels.
Still, Stewart has gone on the record to criticize the festival over its wardrobe requirements for women. Last year, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart spoke candidly about the dress code expected on the Cannes red carpet. “There’s definitely a distinct dress code, right?” she said. “People get very upset if you don’t wear heels or whatever. I feel like you can’t ask people that any more – it’s a given. If you’re not asking guys to wear heels and a dress, you cannot ask me either.”
In 2015, Cannes organizers infamously turned any women away from the red carpet who dared to show up not wearing heels. That resulted in a major backlash on social media, spawning the hashtag, #ShowMeYourFlats. Stewart was also part of an 82-woman protest over the weekend at Cannes that highlighted the festival’s history of gender inequality.
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