As controversy swirls around Jennifer Lawrence's latest fashion choice, the actress is standing by the dress she wore. And for those of you that know anything about J.Law, her refusal to let critics have the final say in this one is par for the course.
To back up a bit, Lawrence is just starting to make the rounds on the press junket for The Red Sparrow. Set to release in early March, the film centers on a Russian ballerina-turned-spy, played by Lawrence.
To match the flick's dark, mysterious vibe — or, perhaps just because she loved the look! — the Oscar winner chose a revealing Versace gown for a February 20 photocall in London. Take a look:
Pretty darn fierce, right? With its thigh-high slit and plunging neckline, the dress reminded some of the Versace gown that Elizabeth Hurley wore to the Four Weddings and a Funeral premiere back in 1994. Others compared the look to Angelina Jolie's 2012 Oscars gown.
But for some critics, the outfit signaled more than just a sexy way to make a statement. As Entertainment Tonight noted, some media outlets took the dress as proof that sexism in Hollywood is still going strong, despite the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. Other outlets noted the impracticality of the dress choice on a frigid London day, and implied that Lawrence felt she had to wear the skin-bearing look to help the film gain attention.
Well, Lawrence was not about to take those comments lying down. The actress has built her reputation on her strong acting skills, but also on her outspoken, fearless public persona. And she treated this issue with characteristic frankness.
Taking to Facebook on February 21, J.Law wrote: "Wow. I don't really know where to get started on this 'Jennifer Lawrence wearing a revealing dress in the cold' controversy. 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."
She concluded: "Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THAT'S MY CHOICE TOO!"
Brrrring it, Jen!
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