Cannes 2018: Female stars protest on red carpet for equal rights

Cannes Film Festival 2018 Cate Blanchett Michael B Jordan and Marion Cotillard make appearances on Day 6

4/6 Kendall Jenner at the premiere of the film Girls of The Sun. AP Kendall Jenner at the premiere of the film Girls of The Sun. AP

"One of our agents screwed up, and we apologized right away".

Eighty-two women climbed the steps of the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival in an unprecedented red carpet protest to press for improved gender equality in the film industry.

Although there may have been more to it than that, as in 2017 the actress complained that women were forced to wear high heels on the red carpet. But as she posed for the shutterbugs for pictures, she removed her stilettos and walked barefoot on the red carpet.

In a controversial move she ditched her Louboutins on the red carpet.

She has been vocal about the show-policy in the past, criticising the fact that women have no choice when it comes to their footwear, while men are simply asked to wear black-tie.

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About the incident, Kristen said, "Things have to change immediately". You can not come in.' Then [I'm going to say], 'Neither is my friend. So the next time you're rocking a pair of heels and had to run, don't hesitate to remove them and go barefoot-you'll definitely get there faster and safer! "I feel like you can't ask that anymore, but it's still a given", said Stewart.

She told Variety: "To hear the statistics out loud, ' she told Variety, "Spoken from the mouth of someone like Cate [Blanchett], and then to look down and see everyone together".

The Twillight star joins Lupita Nyong'o, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Bingbing Fan.

For years now, Cannes has been criticised for their strict dress code for women - which includes a "no flats" rule that make our feet hurt just thinking about it.

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