Sacre bleu, Julia Roberts walks Cannes red carpet barefoot

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 14, 2016 07:10 IST
Julia Roberts with George Clooney as they arrive for the screening of the film Money Monster at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. (AFP)

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.

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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.

Cast member Julia Roberts walks on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film Money Monster. (REUTERS)

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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.”

US actress Julia Roberts arrives for the screening of the film Money Monster at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes without her heels. (AFP)

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.

Actors Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Jodie Foster, Jack O'Connell, Julia Roberts and George Clooney with lawyer Amal Clooney arrive for the screening of the film Money Monster. (AFP)

“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.

Director Jodie Foster and cast members Julia Roberts are welcomed by Cannes Film festival president Pierre Lescure and general delegate Thierry Fremaux while arriving on the red carpet for the screening of the film Money Monster. (REUTERS)

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.

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