A photo of actress Jennifer Lawrence and four of her male co-stars has angered fans who feel it perfectly captures the unfair standards imposed on women in Hollywood compared to their male counterparts.
The image, taken in London as part of a press call for Lawrence’s upcoming film Red Sparrow, shows the 27-year-old braving the winter chill in a daring Versace dress.
Meanwhile, her co-stars Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Jeremy Irons, plus director Francis Lawrence, were more appropriately clad in coats, jackets, pants and boots – all of them wearing several layers.
Helen Lewis, deputy editor of New Statesman spotted the photo and tweeted it to her 88,000 followers, calling it “quietly depressing”.
“True equality means either Jennifer Lawrence getting a coat, or Jeremy Irons having to pose for a photocall in assless chaps,” Lewis wrote.
Actress Zelda Wiliams, the daughter of Hollywood leged Robin Williams, echoed Lewis’s thoughts in another tweet.
“The sheer number of men I know who come to press junkets freshly rolled out of bed when their female counterparts have been up since 4am going thru hair & makeup,” Williams tweeted on Wednesday.
“The expectations women are expected to fill physically in order to be considered ‘hardworking’ are ten fold.”
True equality means either Jennifer Lawrence getting a coat, or Jeremy Irons having to pose for a photocall in assless chaps.
— Helen Lewis (@helenlewis) February 20, 2018
While paparazzi photos of Lawrence arriving to the photocall revealed she was initially wearing a coat, the Oscar winner took it off for the photos, making her look entirely incongruous to her male counterparts.
One day prior to Lawrence’s frosty fashion moment Greta Gerwig, the Oscar-nominated director of Lady Bird, spoke about the effort involved for women in Hollywood when promoting a film.
“They’re doing all the press that the men are doing, and they’re in heels, and they’re all gussied up, and they are then scrutinised for how they look or don’t look, and it feels like this crazy gauntlet that they have to walk,” Gerwig said.
“Not that there’s anything wrong with dressing up and looking nice,” she added.
“It’s super fun to dress up and look nice, it just feels like when there’s an overtone that your self worth is being evaluated on the basis of how you look, that seems like the wrong direction to go in.”
For her part, Lawrence is fairly comfortable wearing little based on an interview she did with Entertainment Tonight on February 15, in which she revealed she enjoyed stripping off for the film’s nude scenes.
“Everybody made me feel so comfortable that I probably at a certain point started making everybody else uncomfortable,” Lawrence said.
Because I’d be like, ‘I don’t want the robe. I’m hot. I’m eating.’ Everybody’s like, ‘She needs to cover up’.”
Lawrence stars in Red Sparrow as a Russian ballerina who is forced into becoming a secret agent, using her mind and body to extract covert information.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey for The Hollywood Reporter Lawrence said she decided to do the film in order to reclaim her sexuality after nude photos of her were hacked and leaked online.
“Red Sparrow was sexual, and I haven’t done anything sexy or sexual. I’ve been afraid of that since 2014, when I got my pictures hacked,” Lawrence explained.
“I just thought, ‘I’ll never do that again. I’ll never share that part of myself ever since it got shared against my will’. And then when I said yes to Red Sparrow, I felt I was taking something back.”
Lawrence also spoke to Winfrey about the female empowerment movement in Hollywood, kicked off by the indiscretions of her former mentor, disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.
“Just speaking for myself, I had known him since I was 20, and he had only ever been nice to me — except for the moments that he wasn’t, and then I called him an asshole, and we moved on,” Lawrence said.
“He was paternal to me. So I needed a moment to process everything because I thought I knew this guy, and then he’s being accused of rape.”