After strutting down the red carpet in a lovely silver dress, she stopped midway and removed her heels and chose to walk up the stairs barefoot.
In 2015, the festival faced a huge backlash after it was revealed that a group of women had been turned away from a screening of the film Carol for opting to don flat shoes. On Monday, the Twilight star took a barefooted step forward in the fight against the Cannes Film Festival's rumored high heels policy by slipping out of her stilettos on the red carpet.
CANNES-The issue of high heels at Cannes has been a spiky one in recent years.
"If you're not asking guys to wear heels and a dress, you can't ask me either", she stated emphatically at the time.
Not just Kristen but others too have spoken out against the policy, including British actress Emily Blunt, who said: "Everyone should wear flats, to be honest".
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Del Toro attended the film festival as president of the jury for the Un Certain Regard (A Certain Glance) section, aimed at showcasing different points of view, visions, styles, and non-traditional narratives, selected from "cultures near and far".
82 women including Kristen Stewart, Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek walked the red carpet to protest the number of female directors selected by Cannes i.e. 82 as compared with more than 1600 male directors since 1946. "Does he have to wear heels?'" Stewart said. You can not come in.' Then [I'm going to say], 'Neither is my friend. Does he have to wear heels?' It can work both ways.
"I feel like you can't ask people that any more - it's a given".
Well, this year Kristen put her money where her mouth is and literally kicked off her heels in front of the world's media.