Then, at the sideshow, Kate donned a velvet Giorgio Armani jumpsuit and floor-length pink coat. However, it’s her choice of shoes (or lack thereof) that proves a talking point. Footwear has been a bone of contention at Cannes for years, with festival organizers sanctioning a de facto rule that women must wear high heels at all public events. Kristen Stewart protested 2016 order – to take off her Christian Louboutin pumps halfway through the red carpet. “If you don’t ask men to wear heels and skirts, you can’t ask me either,” she declared. Julia Roberts did the same thing at 2016 a year ago when it was reported that the festival removed a group of women from Carol shut out) wear flats for screening.
For her part, Blanchett’s decision to ditch the stilettos represents a feminist disdain for Cannes’ painfully regressive mandate, but it also highlights the A necessity for women’s rights worldwide – not just at Croisette. During an appearance at the majestic Cannes Film Festival, Kate stood barefoot in front of the assembled media to present the Breakthrough Artist Award to French-Iranian star Zahra Amir Ebrahimi. Cannes 2022 was forced to flee Iran in her 20s over intimate videos with her for her performance in Holy Spider The boyfriend was leaked by a friend – Tehran authorities immediately filed criminal charges against her for premarital sex. If convicted, she faces caning and years in prison. “This is to stab everyone who stands in the way of women’s rights,” Ebrahimi declared on stage, before calling her country “execution of innocents.” If Cannes still has a long way to go when it comes to gender equality, at least the female stars in attendance are doing their part to call out sexism at every turn.