J-Law doesn’t need you to stick up for her fashion interests, thank you very much. That’s the message in a recent Facebook post shared by the 27-year-old star after some social media users took issue with the way she was dressed in a recent promo photoshoot.
Promoting films and posing for photocalls is all part of the job for Hollywood A-listers. And it’s not uncommon for stars to get dressed up as if they were walking a red carpet, all to have a few pictures snapped alongside co-stars in their latest flick. Easy breezy: hours in hair and makeup, throw on a gown, pose, click, flash and it’s onto the next. That’s Showbiz, folks!
But if you noticed the above shots, which were taken in London, England for the new thriller Red Sparrow, starring Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Matthias Schoenaerts, there’s an obvious discrepancy in how each person dressed for the chilly winter weather.
We can all agree that our girl J-Law is downright gorgeous in this low-cut, black Versace gown with a thigh-high split that reveals one leg and strappy open-toe heels. The outfit is oh-so Versace–and she nails it–but it’s also pretty bare given the temperature outside. You can’t see goosebumps, but that didn’t stop some of her fans and other worried denizens of the internet from commenting on her lack of weather-appropriate attire, especially when her male co-stars were bundled up in sweaters, coats and scarves.
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
— Ezil Galoth (@DrWutt) February 20, 2018
It must be about 3 degrees in London ATM, cold enough that the bloke actors have to wear coats and scarves to their press call and yet poor Jennifer Lawrence is wearing a small amount of fabric some might call a dress. pic.twitter.com/GoVfPscRWi
— Stephanie Peatling (@srpeatling) February 20, 2018
Lawrence, however, is her own woman, and she clapped back at the commenters, saying she has every right to wear whatever she wants, even if that means being cold.
“This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended,” she wrote on her Facebook page.
“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.”
Others sided with Lawrence:
If Jennifer Lawrence wants to stand out in the Versace dress in the cold then let her stand outside in the Versace dress in the cold.
Honestly, what is happening with this world.
— Dan Hart (@DanHartFilm) February 21, 2018
The fact than Jennifer Lawrence had to come out and defend her own choice for wanting to show off a @Versace dress is ludicrous.
— Michael Green (@michaelsville) February 21, 2018
Ultimately, the actress is totally correct. Her fashion, her choice, and if she wanted to wear a pantsuit and sweater, she probably would’ve wore a pantsuit and sweater. Any feminist would absolutely stand up for her right to don whatever she chooses.
“This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism,” she continued. “Over- reacting [sic] 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.”
However, the issue here may be even bigger than Lawrence, who, as one of Hollywood’s most outspoken leading ladies, has earned a reputation for being a strong, say-what’s-on-her-mind type. We need women like her to use their powerful voices for equality, and are thankful when they do. But it’s important to point out that some women–in Hollywood and real life–are encouraged (and often expected) by their managers or society or whatever to wear sexy, form-fitting clothing, while their male counterparts dress in full suits–just look at the red carpet fashion from basically every award show ever.
Is it really choice when it’s expected? For Jen, apparently yes, but she shouldn’t be surprised that people have questions.