Julia Roberts walks barefoot at Cannes red carpet

Published: May 14, 2016
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A number of celebrities are rebelling against the rules this year. PHOTO: REUTERS

A number of celebrities are rebelling against the rules this year. PHOTO: REUTERS

Julia Roberts made a startling style statement by appearing barefoot on the red carpet at the 69th Cannes Film Festival to screen her upcoming film Money Monster.

The lack of footwear violates the strict (but unwritten) dress code, but after last year’s ‘Flatgate’ controversy, it’s not a surprise celebrities are rebelling against the rules, reports eonline.com.

Roberts donned a vintage-inspired black gown. Featuring a plunging neckline and off-the-shoulder cap sleeves, the gown perfectly hugged the actress’ curves. She paired her dress with an emerald pendant on a diamond chain and a matching ring.

Cast member Julia Roberts poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film ‘Money Monster’. PHOTO: REUTERS

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While climbing up the stairs, Roberts hiked up her dress to reveal her feet bereft of footwear. Meanwhile, George Clooney and his wife, Amal Clooney, appeared by her side, wearing shoes.

Julia reveals her barefoot while climbing up the stairs. PHOTO: REUTERS

The 48-year-old actor is known for going barefoot at awards ceremonies.

Director Jodie Foster (C) and cast members Julia Roberts, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Jack O’Connell, George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin pose on the red carpet. PHOTO: REUTERS

The French edition of Gala celebrity magazine, L’Express Friday, called her move as a “veritable act of militant feminism” and also said she had “dared the unthinkable,” reports Hindustan Times.

A number of women were barred from attending screenings because of their footwear choices last year.

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“Everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldn’t wear high heels. That’s very disappointing, just when you kind of think there are these new waves of equality,” said actor Emily Blunt at Cannes last year.

This year, a lot of female actors have turned in to rebels by taking a stand against the unequal wardrobe guidelines.

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“Things have to change immediately. It has become really obvious that if (a man and I) were walking the red carpet together and someone stopped me and said, ‘Excuse me, young lady, you’re not wearing heels. You cannot come in.’ Then (I’m going to say), ‘Neither is my friend. Does he have to wear heels?’ It can work both ways,” Kristen Stewart said at a roundtable during the festival, reports Vanity Fair.

Kristen attending the premiere of ‘Cafe Society’ and the Opening Night Gala. PHOTO: VANITYFAIR

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Parvez
    May 14, 2016 - 2:31PM

    She is Julia Roberts….she is Pretty Woman…..she can do what she wants…..she makes the rules…..now don’t get me going because I can keep going. Recommend

  • Raisani
    May 14, 2016 - 8:32PM

    @Parvez:
    Excellent explanation. if our Veena, Meera does it then it’s called stunt to get cheap publicity and if in her name there is a Julia and a Roberts then she can do anything? stop being so low-life and get influenced by west this much low. Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 15, 2016 - 1:16AM

    @Raisani: Obviously you have not read my comments on Veena or Meera, I have always been supportive of them…..your unfounded overall bias creeps through strongly……not good for your health.
    I am a Julia Roberts fan, she is an amazing actor….and I feel no shame if openly praising her. Recommend

  • May 15, 2016 - 2:05AM

    Don’t know what kind of desperate losers ever found her attractive?Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 15, 2016 - 2:21PM

    @Atif: If a straight up male finds Julia Roberts unattractive…….he certainly should be categorized as a desperate loser……or possibly he’s just ……to be polite……’ different ‘ ( nothing wrong in that, its a free world ). Recommend

  • Atif
    May 16, 2016 - 5:34AM

    @Parvez:
    I can’t explain it but I never enjoyed Pretty Woman much and Erin Brockovich just put me off altogether. I always wondered why some people found Julia Roberts attractive? But then it takes all sorts to make the world. If some people find trannies or grannies attractive, then who am I to judge?Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 16, 2016 - 3:50PM

    @Atif: I have to respect your views…….yes, there are many who don’t like chocolate, or cheese and I know someone who does not like deep fried jumbo prawns……and now I realize there are people who find Julia Roberts unattractive…..how depressing :-) Recommend

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