If you missed the latest controversy in the sartorial life of Jennifer Lawrence, we're here to give you the full low down. Jen is in the UK trekking across London in a series of beautiful gowns, a strapless black statuesque piece at the BAFTAs, a shimmering gold Dior beauty at the Red Sparrow premiere and a Versace with a high thigh slit at a later Red Sparrow photocall. One of these dresses seriously pissed people off and it was mainly down to what her co-stars were wearing. At the photocall for Lawrence's latest flick, where she plays a Russian spy alongside Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Irons, the actress chose to wear a revealing dress with a plunging neckline and a high thigh slit. Her male co-stars can be seen wearing layered shirts, jumpers and coats with heavy boots in the crisp London chill, all bundled up warm.
This is such a quietly depressing (and revealing) image. Not least because I've been outside today and it's bloody FREEZING. pic.twitter.com/BRnmgKJ5wY— Helen Lewis (@helenlewis) February 20, 2018
Fans were concerned that Jennifer might have been forced to wear the dress by her management or a production company, and hailed the photo as an example of sexism in the film industry. Helen Lewis, Deputy Editor of The New Statesman, called the photo 'depressing' in a tweet that quickly went viral and ended up liked by 13,000 people and retweeted by 3500 others. She came under fire almost immediately for her feminist beliefs, and suggestion that the difference in outfits pointed to a lack of 'true equality'. Some angry tweeters even sent her hate mail branding her a 'leftist whore' and telling her to 'get a life fatty'. The controversy over the dress spread to every news outlet until Jennifer Lawrence herself read about it and decided to give her own take on it.
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. 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 THAT'S MY CHOICE TOO!
Dress-gate is well and officially over now word of God (aka JLaw herself) has assured us all that she does choose her own clothes and nobody makes her wear anything she doesn't want to. Someone had better tell Twitter though, because they're still offended. Apparently empowerment isn't something you're allowed to define yourself anymore