Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Cannes 2018: Kristen Stewart Walks Barefoot To Protest Against Heels Only Rule

Cannes 2018: Kristen Stewart Walks Barefoot To Protest Against Heels Only Rule

Lebanese actor Manal Issa used the global premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story at the Cannes Film Festival to protest Israeli snipers killing more than 100 Palestinian protesters and wounding 12,000 more over the course of six weeks of protests. However, while Stewart didn't mind getting her feet wet, someone with an umbrella was at her side to ensure that the rest of her body and her silver Chanel dress didn't get soaked. 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.

The 28-year-old has a history of taking exception to high heels, she has previously worn trainers to red carpet events. Manal Issa was attending the premiere of the film "Solo: A Star Wars Story".

In 2015, it was reported Cannes had implemented a heels-only policy. But, as it started to rain, Kristen headed toward the stairs removing her heels in order to get there a little quicker.

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The festival declined to comment on the report at the time but confirmed women were required to wear high-heels to red carpet screenings although this has since been disputed by festival director Thierry Fremaux.

Cannes Film Festival is all about making fashion statements, while some chose to do that, there were others like Kristen Stewart making political statements at the famed red carpet. "Today, we stand here in solidarity with the people who have lost their lives and loved ones", she said. It's just like you simply can not ask me to do something that you are not asking him.

Stewart isn't the first to go barefoot at Cannes, in 2016 actress Julia Roberts went shoeless to the premiere of Money Monster.

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