Francis Lawrence, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Irons
L:R Francis Lawrence, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Irons (Photo: Rex Features)

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This Jennifer Lawrence photo illustrates Hollywood gender inequality in one shot

When the Red Sparrow star was pictured wearing very little compared to her practically dressed male co-stars, it swiftly sparked outrage

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By Kuba Shand-Baptiste on

Given the choice, few of us would elect to forego warm clothing in eight-degree weather. And even fewer of us would happily embrace remaining scantily clad for a photoshoot, while our co-workers were offered the comfort of weather-appropriate clothing.

But for Jennifer Lawrence, who was pictured wearing a dress – similar to Liz Hurley’s 1994 Four Weddings And A Funeral premiere Versace dress – as part of the press tour for her new spy thriller, Red Sparrow, extra insulation from the cold was a luxury that only her director and male co-stars could enjoy.

Looking at the press-junket picture of Lawrence placed amid the well-insulated Francis Lawrence, Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Irons yesterday afternoon, you can’t help but feel bad for her.

Aside from looking every part the Hollywood starlet – which, I presume, was the intended purpose of forcing her to strike poses in the cold – it’s not surprising that Lawrence’s bare skin, juxtaposed with the warm jackets, long trousers and closed-toe shoes of the men around her, caused so many of us to cry out, “Whose decision was it to make her wear that?” And, “Isn’t she cold?”

Unlike her co-stars, Lawrence is required to serve sexy Russian-spy chic on-screen as well as off

Joining in with the collective confusion and outrage, the New Statesman’s Helen Lewis said:

She followed up her initial reaction with an apt observation: “True equality means either Jennifer Lawrence getting a coat, or Jeremy Irons having to pose for a photocall in assless chaps”.

As the internet has pointed out, the decision to wear next to nothing while her co-stars’ comfort was clearly taken into consideration was probably not Lawrence’s. Judging from the Red Sparrow trailer, it’s clear that glamour and the general sex appeal of her character, Dominika, play a pretty big role in the marketing of the film. Unlike her co-stars, Lawrence is required to serve sexy Russian-spy chic on-screen as well as off, while her male co-stars face no pressure to look or dress like anyone other than themselves.

Chiming in on the disparity in dress, Robert Webb tweeted:

And he’s right. There may have been unknown (but most likely monetary) benefits to braving the cold and wearing that dress, but when is the pressure to look flawless in next to nothing ever on men when it comes to promotional photoshoots? How often do we see men in slinky getups, while their warmly dressed women co-stars pose casually beside them?

UPDATE: Jennifer Lawrence has since issued a statement about her decision to wear the outfit, and maintains that everything you see her wear, is her choice.

@kubared

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L:R Francis Lawrence, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Irons (Photo: Rex Features)
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