There’s something you’re not allowed to wear on the red carpet at Cannes.
Imagine heading to the cinema in a tailored dress and ballet flats – only to be denied entry for not wearing heels. Well, that exact situation is going down in Cannes right now.
We can all agree that the very famous Cannes Film Festival is slightly more fancy than heading to a Sunday screening of the new Baz Luhrmann movie. There’s a red carpet and lots of cameras, for starters — so sure, a dress code is appropriate.
But you know what’s not appropriate? A new rule that, supposedly, requires women to wear high heels just to gain entry to films at the world-famous film festival.
Check out all the famous women whose footwear was deemed appropriate for entry to the Cannes Film Festival, if you’re interested. Post continues after gallery:
The rule was reportedly applied to a group of women who were denied entry to Cate Blanchett‘s new film, Carol. Disturbingly, the women excluded were apparently elderly and could not wear heels because of health problems.
When the rumour was tweeted, a festival attendee seemed to confirm the claim, saying said the same thing happened to his wife. The festival subsequently confirmed that heels are mandatory for all attendees of film screenings (although weirdly, that claim was later denied by festival head Thierry Fremaux.)
Even model Hailey Baldwin wore a single high heel on the red carpet, despite having a broken leg. Which looked more painful than glamorous, if you ask me.
Now, it’s bad enough that women with health problems were allegedly footwear-shamed at Cannes. But here’s the thing: no woman should need an excuse to ditch high heels.