A red carpet darling, Julia Roberts had one last bastion left to conquer – the one at Cannes film festival. The Hollywood star made her debut at the festival with the cast of Jodie Foster’s Money Monster on Thursday.
Everything that Roberts did was on-dot – black Armani Prive gown, Chopard diamond necklace glittering round her neck and all those perfect pictures with co-star George Clooney and his wife, lawyer Amal Clooney.
And then she lifted the gown and showed the world – no heels. The actor walked the red carpet barefoot -- an act which will definitely be construed as rebellion by the Cannes authorities. Fashion rules at the festival strictly demand all female celebs to wear stilettos. After Roberts’ barefoot walk -- feminism, one; archaic rules, zero.
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The 48-year-old actress is known for going barefoot at awards ceremonies and even at her wedding to country singer Lyle Lovett. French magazine L’Express Friday hailed her move as a “veritable act of militant feminism” and the French edition of Gala celebrity magazine said she had “dared the unthinkable.”
In 2015, numerous women were stopped from attending screenings, including for Carol, because of their choice of footwear. One was reportedly turned away for wearing ankle boots and tights, and another was actually physically pushed away for wearing platform sandals that security seemingly disliked, Vanity Fair reported.
“Everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldn’t wear high heels. That’s very disappointing, just when you kind of think there are these new waves of equality,” actor Emily Blunt had commented during the festival last year.
This year, even more actresses are taking a stand against the unequal wardrobe guidelines at the festival. “Things have to change immediately. It has become really obvious that if (a man and I) were walking the red carpet together and someone stopped me and said, ‘Excuse me, young lady, you’re not wearing heels. You cannot come in.’ Then (I’m going to say), ‘Neither is my friend. Does he have to wear heels?’ It can work both ways,” Kristen Stewart said at a roundtable during the festival.