At the InStyle awards last night in LA, Cate Blanchett took to the stage to deliver a powerful speech about sexual harassment.
‘We all like looking sexy but it doesn’t mean we want to f**k you,’ the actress stated.
‘No one says to Steve Bannon, “You look like a bag of trash. Do you want me to throw you out?”’
‘But the comments that get said about what women wear on the red carpet, I mean, if you troll through those trolls on the internet — just don’t.’
In the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal her comments seem particularly poignant. Blanchett, who worked with Weinstein on Carol and The Aviator, has not spoken about personal accounts with the producer but previously released a statement condemning him and his actions.
‘Any man in a position of power or authority who thinks it’s his prerogative to threaten, intimidate or sexually assault any woman he encounters or works alongside needs to be called to account. It is never easy for a woman to come forward in such situations and I wholeheartedly support those who have.’
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Following her words on harassment and the double standards at play in Hollywood, the actress went on to speak about the style icons who have inspired her.
‘For me, it’s always those women who have been utterly themselves without apology, whose physical presence and their aesthetic is really integrated in a non-self-conscious way into part of who they are,’ Blanchett told the crowd.
‘Women who know how they look is not all of who they are, but just an extension of that. It’s about women who feel free to wear what they want, when they want and how they want to wear it.