Lawrence hits back at 'ridiculous' gender imbalance photo claims

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20:  Francis Lawrence, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Irons attend the "Red Sparrow" photocall at Corinthia London on February 20, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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Jennifer Lawrence has hit back at "ridiculous" feminist campaigners who criticised a photo of her wearing a revealing dress in the cold.

"Wow. I don't really know where to get started on this," the actress wrote on Facebook, after the photo of her in a strappy gown provoked heavy backlash.

It wasn't her dress that was the issue - rather the fact her four male Red Sparrow co-stars were all bundled in layers on the chilly London day.

 But Lawrence says the dress was her choice.

"This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended.

"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."

Critics said there was no "rational" reason she'd be wearing that dress, while her male co-stars dressed more appropriately for the weather.

"This is such a quietly depressing (and revealing) image. Not least because I've been outside today and it's bloody FREEZING," New Statesman editor Helen Lewis wrote on Twitter.

"True equality means either Jennifer Lawrence getting a coat, or Jeremy Irons having to pose for a photocall in assless chaps," she added.

"The only rational reason for this picture is that her clothes spontaneously combusted and Liz Hurley happened to be passing on her way to a charity shop" Melissa Cole theorised.

Lawrence called the assumptions "sexist, ridiculous", and "not feminism".

"Over- reacting 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.

"Get a grip people. Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THAT'S MY CHOICE TOO!"


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