Jennifer Lawrence has responded to the social media backlash against a photograph of her wearing a Versace dress without a coat in wintery London
The photo, which was part of a shoot to promote her new movie Red Sparrow, features Lawrence in a black dress standing alongside her male co-stars Francis Lawrence, Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Irons – who were all wearing coats.
Twitter went into overdrive on seeing the image, with many claiming it demonstrates Hollywood sexism and pointing out how freezing Lawrence must have been on a frosty February day in London.
Others speculated as to whether Lawrence was actually forced to wear no coat.
The actress has released a statement on Facebook in response, saying that she is “extremely offended” by the “utterly ridiculous” controversy and that it distracts from the “real issues” facing the industry today.
Wow. I don't really know where to get started on this "Jennifer Lawrence wearing a revealing dress in the cold"…
“Wow. I don’t really know where to get started on this ‘Jennifer Lawrence wearing a revealing dress in the cold’ controversy,” the actress wrote.
“This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended. That Versace dress was fabulous, you think I’m going to cover that gorgeous dress up with a coat and a scarf? I was outside for 5 minutes. I would have stood in the snow for that dress because I love fashion and that was my choice.
“This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism. Over-reacting about everything someone says or does, creating controversy over silly innocuous things such as what I choose to wear or not wear, is not moving us forward. It’s creating silly distractions from real issues.
“Get a grip people. Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THATS MY CHOICE TOO!”
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