Ste­wart says no to stilet­tos at Cannes

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Kris­ten Ste­wart re­belled against the sex­ist dress code at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val on Mon­day night by ditch­ing her heels on the red car­pet.

The ac­tress and Cannes jury mem­ber stepped out at the French film event to at­tend the pre­miere of BlacKkKlans­man, the new movie di­rected by Spike Lee, which stars John David Wash­ing­ton and Adam Driver. But it was Ste­wart who courted the most at­ten­tion at the screen­ing. Dressed in a sparkly sil­ver Chanel minidress, she pro­ceeded to walk past the first bank of pho­tog­ra­phers be­fore stop­ping and re­mov­ing her black Chris­tian Louboutin stilet­tos.

She then walked bare­foot up the steps to the cin­ema, car­ry­ing her shoes in her hands.

In her ac­tions, it ap­pears the 28-year-old was mak­ing a state­ment against the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val rules that main­tain women at­tend­ing gala pre­mières must wear heels and “no flats.”

Men are ex­pected to wear a tuxedo with black tie.

The Cannes dress code be­came a con­tro­ver­sial topic in 2015 when a num­ber of women at­tend­ing a pre­miere were stopped from en­ter­ing for wear­ing flat-soled shoes in­stead of high heels.

Dubbed “Heel­gate,” the in­ci­dent saw such celebri­ties as Su­san Saran­don and Ju­lia Roberts flout the rules at pre­mières the fol­low­ing year in a show of sol­i­dar­ity and protest.

Ste­wart also ad­dressed the saga in an in­ter­view with Van­ity Fair dur­ing the 2016 fes­ti­val, say­ing she felt the dress code is an­ti­quated and sex­ist.

“Things have to change im­me­di­ately,” she said of the wardrobe guide­lines. “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.

“It’s just like you sim­ply can­not ask me to do some­thing that you are not ask­ing him. I get the black­tie thing, but you should be able to do ei­ther ver­sion — flats or heels.”

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