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Director of Frozen pens frustrated piece on being asked "the female question"

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Frozen is a film you might have heard of seeing as it won this year's Oscar for Best Animated Film.

You might also be aware that the film was directed by a woman. But why, today, should that be something of interest?

Clearly, it's caught the attention of many journalists as, in a first person piece for the LA Times, Frozen's director Jennifer Lee discusses the fact that she's asked that question more than any other.

Or, more specifically, "What is the hardest part about being a female director?" Her response? That in the story room, "it's only the size of [her] imagination that matters".

In the article, Lee also points out the fact that being a female working in the industry is trickier in certain respects.

And it's not because she has to make herself heard in a room full of men "(that's easy … just stand up)", but rather that she has the task or looking a particular way on the red carpet. A pressure which the men of her industry don't face, or not with nearly as much scrutiny.

Lee goes on to discuss how she's told her eyebrows need shaping, how designers don't make the dress she wants because she isn't the right size, and how she has to get herself into a proper bra which involved "standing topless in front of three Ukrainian women, while they placed bets as to whether I was a D or a Double-D."

Unsurprisingly, she's ready "so very ready" to get back into the story room "where it's not about me being a "female" director".

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