Did Kristen Stewart walking barefoot on the Cannes Film Festival's red carpet break the event's dress code rules? On Monday, the actress kicked off her black Christian Louboutins high heels and instead walked up the red carpet stairs in her bare feet to the premiere of Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman. In the past, women have been booted from the fancy annual festival for simply wearing shoes with low heels.
So was Stewart's barefoot walk on the Cannes Film Festival's red carpet (see above) in violation of its official regulations? While once frowned upon, what Stewart did was not technically a rule-breaker. And though it's been expected in the past that women will wear high heels at France's most fashionable film event, there's nothing to prohibit them from walking in what's comfortable.
Three years ago, however, there was an uproar when several women attending the premiere of Cate Blanchett's film Carol were denied entry to the Cannes Film Festival red carpet for not wearing heels. The controversy led to what was dubbed "flatgate," and it forced the event's director Thierry Fremaux to apologize and explain, "There is a rumor that the festival obliges women to wear heels," adding, "It's not true." He attributed the misstep at the premiere to the "security guard's excess of zeal."
For her part, Stewart has been opposed to the alleged footwear rules for years. In 2017, Stewart railed to the Hollywood Reporter about the "distinct dress code," noting "people get very upset at you if you don't wear heels." "If you're not asking guys to wear heels and a dress, you cannot ask me either," reasoned the actress.
That's not to say Stewart has adhered to the rumored regulation. In 2016, while promoting Personal Shopper, the actress posed on the red carpet for photos in a silvery Chanel dress and super high Louboutins, but as soon as she was done with the paparazzi, Stewart switched into Vans sneakers at Cannes.
Stewart has been a presence at the film festival for years. She attended the annual event in 2012 in support of her film On The Road. The actress returned two years later with Clouds of Sils Maria. And in 2016, Stewart walked the red carpet for both her movies Cafe Society and Personal Shopper.
Last year, Stewart came back for the short film she directed, Come Swim. This year, however, the actress isn't promoting a movie. As reported in April, Stewart is sitting on the Cannes Film Festival's jury and will pick the winner of the annual event's prestigious Palme d'Or award.
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