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Looking sexy doesn’t mean women want to have sex, says Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett (Photo: Getty Images)

As sexual harassment claims reach the fashion world, Blanchett made an important point about the way women dress

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By Emily Baker on

Cate Blanchett was awarded the Style Icon Award at this year’s InStyle Awards, an event to celebrate the greats and goods of the fashion world. In her acceptance speech she thanked the designers who had dressed her throughout her career – Stella McCartney, Giorgio Armani, Nicolas Ghesquière among others. Blanchett then took the opportunity to make a pertinent assertion.

“Women like looking sexy,” she told the audience, “but it doesn’t mean we want to fuck you.

Blanchett’s speech comes mere weeks after designer Donna Karan said women might “asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality”. The “it” Karan was referring to is the sexual assault, harassment and rape by one Harvey Weinstein, whose number of accusers now stands over 50. The designer has since apologised for her comments, clarifying, “I have spent my life championing women.”

Blanchett continued her speech with an always welcome dig at Steve Bannon. “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.”

The fashion world continues to be plagued with sexual harassment allegations of its own, mainly aimed at photographer Terry Richardson. As of yesterday, Richardson has been blacklisted by Valentino and Bulgari, and Conde Nast (publishers of Vogue) have also said they will no longer work with the photographer.

As well as making excellent points about they way women dress and sexual harassment, Blanchett encouraged women to wear whatever they want. “For me, the true icons of style are always those women who’ve 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, and women who know how they look is not all of who they are, but just an extension of that,” she said, ending her speech with, “Bring it on, ladies.”

@emilyrbakes

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