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Cate Blanchett & Agnès Varda Lead Women’s March At Cannes Film Festival
By Steffanie Tan
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15 May, 2018

This is the first Cannes festival since allegations of sexual abuse were first made against producer Harvey Weinstein a year ago. Another user tweeted, "Hooray for #KristenStewart taking off her high heels at Cannes, what a ludicrous rule!"

After days of walking the red carpet in heels at the Cannes Film Festival, the Twilight star had enough of the no-flats policy at the prestigious festival and made her statement in the best possible way. Good thing her toes were painted in a simple black shade so her feet had time to shine even during the shoe removal!

The actress arrived at the "BlacKkKlansman" screening in a pair of Louboutins, then whipped her heels off and climbed up the red-carpet steps barefoot. The actress made heads turn as she walked the red carpet in a hot pink layered ruffled gown.

She told the Hollywood Reporter: 'There's definitely a distinct dress code. "It's just like you simply can not ask me to do something that you are not asking him [to do]".

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The Cannes Film Festival has always been criticized for gender imbalance on its juries and in its film selection.

Stewart passed the first bank of photographers without protest, posing for the press in her thigh-skimming metallic mini-dress. People get very upset at you if you don't wear heels or whatever'.

At one point she stifled a yawn, looking rather bored with the media obligations.

"It's just like you simply can not ask me to do something that you are not asking him". As jury president Cate Blanchett noted, 1,688 male directors have ascended those same stairs to premiere their films during the life of the festival, but just 82 women have gotten that same honor.


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