Cannes 2018: Kristen Stewart removes heels on red carpet in defiance of dress code

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Kristen Stewart took off her shoes in the rain and climbed the steps at the Cannes Film Festival barefoot on Monday, May 14. A gesture that many deemed as protest against the festival’s strict dress code.

If the ban of selfies is this year’s particularity, the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival have been clear on one note along the past editions: shoes with heels are compulsory for the ladies on the red carpet …

But for Kristen Stewart rules are made to be broken! The 28-year-old American actress – who is a member of the jury chaired this year by Cate Blanchett – has decided Monday night to remove her heels while walking down the red carpet of the Palais des Festivals.

She was invited to the screening of Spike Lee’s latest film, “BlacKkKlansman”, in competition for the Palme d’Or. Dressed in a metallic dress, and perched on high heels, Kristen took them off in front of photographers. In the rain, the security guards then escorted her up the steps under the umbrellas.

Her act was seen as purposely done by some, in order to take a stand against the dress code of the film festival, which has caused controversy in the past.

“There’s definitely a distinct dress code right, people get very upset at you if you don’t wear heels or something, (…) But I feel like you can’t ask people that anymore, it’s just kind of a given, like if you’re not asking guys to wear heels and a dress you cannot ask me either.” Kristen told The Hollywood Reporter last year.

On Twitter, women especially related to the Twilight actress’ decision to go barefoot who was absolutely praised for it.

And this isn’t the first time a guest takes off her heels to climb the steps. Two years ago, American actress Julia Roberts did the same during the projection of “Money Monster”, the film of Jodie Foster.