This year's Cannes Film Festival has already been one of the most political in several years, with female stars protesting against industry sexism, several directors barred from attending and bans hanging over some movies.
If Kristen Stewart's barefoot trek up the stairs was meant to be a rebellion against wearing high heels on the Cannes red carpet, she wouldn't be the first actress to kick off her shoes in protest. However, there's some confusion over the Cannes dress code for women when it comes to which shoes they're allowed to wear on the red carpet. "If you don't ask guys to wear a dress and heels, you can't ask me too", said not hiding his bisexuality, the actress in an interview past year. She went on to say, "Things have to change immediately".
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Well, this year Kristen put her money where her mouth is and literally kicked off her heels in front of the world's media. You can not come in, ' then [I'm going to say], 'Neither is my friend. "Today, we stand here in solidarity with the people who have lost their lives and loved ones", she said. "Does he have to wear heels?'" she said at the time.
"I feel like you can't ask people that any more - it's a given".
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She added, " I get the black-tie thing but you should be able to do either version - flats or heels".
She once again addressed the issue in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2017, "There's definitely, like, a distinct dress code, right?" According to Newsweek, Julia Roberts also walked the red carpet barefoot in 2016.
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"I just want you to know, this red, it's my blood", she said, referring to the red colouring of her Louboutin stilettos. Like, if you're not asking guys to wear heels and a dress, you can not ask me either, which is nice 'cause that's different. "You can't do that anymore".