Jennifer Lawrence says she had to wear flip-flops to the Cannes red carpet after a wardrobe issue

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Jennifer Lawrence says she had to wear flip-flops to the Cannes red carpet after a wardrobe issue
Jennifer Lawrence attends the "Anatomy of a Fall" premiere at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images
  • Jennifer Lawrence revealed why she wore flip-flops on the 2023 Cannes Film Festival red carpet.
  • She told Entertainment Tonight it wasn't a political statement — her shoes were just too big.
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Jennifer Lawrence wasn't trying to make a statement with her casual footwear at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.

The 32-year-old actor set the internet abuzz after she walked the "Anatomy of a Fall" red carpet on May 21 wearing a red Christian Dior gown paired with black thong flip-flops.

The Cannes Film Festival has a strict dress code that requires women to wear heels on the red carpet. But while stars like Julia Roberts and Kristen Stewart have famously ditched their shoes in protest, Lawrence revealed to Entertainment Tonight that she was unaware of the controversy surrounding flats at the event.

"I was not making a political statement, not that I wouldn't," she told ET's Nischelle Turner in an interview published on Thursday. "I had no idea until it like, came out that there was a whole controversy with people wearing flats, or like, walking down the red carpet barefoot. I had no clue. My shoes were a size too big."

Jennifer Lawrence says she had to wear flip-flops to the Cannes red carpet after a wardrobe issue
Jennifer Lawrence at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

The "No Hard Feelings" star, who has had run-ins on the red carpet before, also told Turner that she changed out of her heels and into flat shoes to avoid tumbling down the stairs.

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"I wore heels going up, but then I forgot to take a picture with my production team, Excellent Cadaver," she said. "So, we had to take an Excellent Cadaver picture, and I knew I would eat shit if I went down in the shoes that were a size too big. I put on the flip-flops, and then everybody's like, 'What a statement! Wow!'"

"I'm all for making a statement," she added. "I just would want it to be on purpose."

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