Someone had to say it right? Thankfully, that someone came in the form of the glamorous Cate Blanchett, who accepted her Style Icon award at the 2017 InStyle Awards in Los Angeles on Monday, October 23rd. During her acceptance speech, Blanchett claimed that the women who dressed unapologetically were the true style icons and that, still to this day, they are held at unfair standards.
The Oscar winning actress, dressed in red and black Givenchy, accepted her award and first listed famed designers who had helped shape her image and style. Designers such as McQueen, Galliano, and McCartney were all recognized by Blanchett for shaping the glamour that she’s known for today. “You get to inhabit these extraordinarily…beautifully constructed gowns by geniuses,” she said of her past red carpet experiences.
Blanchett then chose to spotlight her style icons – the women who are unafraid to express themselves through their wardrobe. “It’s about women who feel free to wear what they want, when they want, and how they want to wear it,” she stated as she highlighted her admiration for the women that “have been utterly themselves without apology.”
Blanchett also made a point to remind the audience of the unfair standards that women are held to, stressing the pressures they face when dressing for each day. The pinnacle of the speech, and arguably of the night, came from Blanchett’s bold and truthful statement, ”I mean, you know we all like looking sexy, but it doesn’t mean we want to f**k you,” which is fantastic commentary on the “asking for it” narrative of rape culture. A great one-liner that surely defines the outfit of any unapologetic dressing woman. Blanchett even went as far to emphasize that women are never safe from the comments of critics, in life or online. “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,” she recommended.