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Jennifer Lawrence's Revealing Outfit Sparks Fierce Debate

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Jennifer Lawrence's Revealing Outfit Sparks Fierce Debate

Anyone who's been knocking about in the UK over the past few weeks will be well aware that it hasn't exactly been sunbathing weather.

However, in spite of the freezing temperature, actress Jennifer Lawrence stepped out in London wearing nothing but a plunging, black dress for a Red Sparrow cast photo yesterday, while all of her male co-stars were wrapped up in coats and jackets.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The photograph has sparked a debate online, with many claiming it highlights the differences in how men and women are treated in Hollywood.

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"This is such a quietly depressing (and revealing) image. Not least because I've been outside today and it's bloody FREEZING," tweeted New Statesman editor Helen Lewis, one of the first to comment on the photo.

"Yup," agreed Zelda Williams (daughter of Robin Williams). "And 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 through hair and makeup. The expectations women are expected to fill physically in order to be considered 'hardworking' are ten fold."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Replying to Lewis' tweet, one social media user queried why Lawrence hadn't simply refused to do the shoot without appropriate clothing.

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The editor directed people to the Lawrence's comments during The Hollywood Reporter's Actress Roundtable in November.

"I finally made the decision to stand up for myself... and then I was punished, and I got afraid that I wasn't going to be hired again," she said at the time. "I was called difficult and a nightmare. I think a lot of people aren't coming forward because they're afraid they're not going to work again."

However, others weren't convinced, arguing that everybody has aspects of their job which they don't necessarily like and that it's just the way things are.

Jennifer Lawrence attends the Red Sparrow premiere. Credit: PA
Jennifer Lawrence attends the Red Sparrow premiere. Credit: PA
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One said: "She gets to wear Versace for free. In return she models it. Yeah she's outside. Yeah she's probably cold but all of us have aspects of our jobs we don't like. I'm not losing sleep over it. There are worse jobs."

Meanwhile, Vogue suggests that Lawrence's eye-catching dress is more to do with her role in the film than anything else.

The fashion mag claims that it seems to 'affirm her assertion that Red Sparrow has helped her take new ownership of her sexuality' having previously said she was turning down 'sexier roles' after personal photos were leaked back in 2014.

"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,'" the 27-year-old actress told Oprah in an interview.

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But now, with her part in Red Sparrow - a movie which centres on a group of Russian spies who use their bodies and seduction skills as weapons - Lawrence says she is taking back control.

"It was never my choice for the world to see my naked body. I didn't get to make that decision. In doing this film, in doing this for my art...I really felt, I still feel, empowered," said Lawrence. "I feel like I took something back that was taken from me."

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Topics: sexism, TV and Film, Celebrity, Jennifer Lawrence

Paddy Maddison
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