Actor Kristen Stewart made a defiant protest against the Cannes Film Festival’s heels-only rule for women, removing her shoes while on the red carpet.
Stepping out to the premiere of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, the Twilight star and Cannes jury member passed photographers, took off her heels and made her way inside barefoot with her stilettos in hand.
Stewart had previously spoken against the festival’s rules on female footwear. “Things have to change immediately,” she told Vanity Fair in 2016. “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 black-tie thing but you should be able to do either version — flats or heels.”