Jennifer Lawrence addresses controversy around her Red Sparrow photocall dress

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Jennifer Lawrence has called out the comments made about the Versace dress she donned for the Red Sparrow photocall.

When Jennifer Lawrence turned up to the press photocall for her new film, Red Sparrow, she looked undeniably fabulous in a black, low cut, Versace number. But according to the internet she also looked, well, a bit chilly.

Pictured outside, at a swanky rooftop venue in London (where temperature are less than tropical), Lawrence was surrounded by her male co-stars.

 While Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts and director Francis Lawrence were all rugged up in multiple jumpers and coats, Lawrence seemed pretty exposed to the elements.

The pictures set the internet alight with questions. Was Lawrence forced to wear the dress and silently wishing she had an anorak on instead? Is this a literal picture of how woman and men are treated differently in Hollywood?

Well as it turns out, no it isn’t. Actually, Lawrence just knew she looked fierce AF in her dress, and wanted to show it off. 

The cast and director of Red Sparrow 

The actor took to Facebook to address the media and fan frenzy around her wardrobe choice, calling it “not feminism” and “utterly ridiculous”. 

In a lengthy post to social media, Lawrence said: “Wow. I don’t really know where to get started on this ‘Jennifer Lawrence wearing a revealing dress in the cold’ controversy. This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended.

“That Versace dress was fabulous, you think I’m going to cover that gorgeous dress up with a coat and a scarf? I was outside for five minutes. I would have stood in the snow for that dress because I love fashion and that was my choice.”

She continued to reiterate that she had complete control over her wardrobe and dismissed concerns over her sartorial choices as distracting “from real issues”. 

“This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism. Over- reacting about everything someone says or does, creating controversy over silly innocuous things such as what I choose to wear or not wear, is not moving us forward. 

“It’s creating silly distractions from real issues. Get a grip people. Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THATS MY CHOICE TOO!”

So far Lawrence’s post has amassed 93,000 likes with thousands more shares and comments. Some fans of the actor have been keen to express their support for her message, agreeing that the Versace dress in question is too gorgeous to cover up. 

One Facebook user commented: “*immediately goes to find beautiful Versace gown*

“That dress deserves to be shown off if you want to show it off Jennifer Lawrence - and you did - loud proud and beautifully.

“Wear what you want the way you want - we all should - and everyone should just mind to themselves - so they can focus on wearing what they want the way they want.”

Another social media user wrote: “I love Jennifer Lawrence. I think she is so down-to-earth and she’s right, it is her choice what she wears, regardless of the weather. Leave her to dress how she wants.”

But there were some that argued that by addressing the publicity her outfit had received, Lawrence was adding fuel to the fire and further distracting from more important issues. 

“You don’t have to attend every argument you are invited to. Js. This is ridiculous on both sides. First that it was said and then second you took the time to address it. I’m sure there are more pressing matters today,” said another Facebooker

At least one thing’s for sure, the internet never need doubt that J-Law’s wardrobe choices are all her own again. 

Images: Rex Features


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Megan Murray

Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.