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Kristen Stewart took off his shoes in protest against the dress code

16 May 2018

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The actress has been a regular on the famous red carpet for years now and is well aware of the long-running (if not ridiculous) rule about wearing heels for the event.

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In 2015, the festival faced a huge backlash after it was revealed that a group of women had been turned away from a screening of the film Carol for opting to don flat shoes.

This year's Cannes Film Festival has already been one of the most political in several years, with female stars protesting against industry sexism, several directors barred from attending and bans hanging over some movies.

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The festival has earlier received flak for their strict dress code that frowns upon women who refrain from donning sky-high heels. Although, she struggled to walk in the lavish dress and got her heel caught on the trail.

Kristen Stewart told the Hollywood Reporter previous year:"If you're not asking guys to wear heels and a dress, you can not ask me either". She went on to say, "Things have to change immediately". You can not come in.' Then (I'm going to say), 'Neither is my friend. "It can work both ways". It's just like you simply can not ask me to do something that you are not asking him.

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Stewart-who is now a jury member for the prestigious film festival-previously discussed the dress code during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2017. "I understand the whole theme with black ties, but we need to allow women to walk without heels". "If you're not asking guys to wear heels and a dress, you can not ask me either".

Kristen Stewart took off his shoes in protest against the dress code