Blake Lively opens up about a little known 'double standard' in Hollywood
Actress, wife, mother and veritable wonder woman, Blake Lively, can't seem to put a foot wrong. Not only does she lend her hand to Hollywood blockbusters, but she also manages to juggle raising her two young daughters, James and Ines, while inspiring us all with her sartorial stylings.
However, Blake's personal style has undergone a transformation as of late. The 31-year-old is in the middle of a press tour for her upcoming film, A Simple Favor, and she's certainly been channelling her character's fashion sense. In the film's trailer, Emily (A.K.A Blake) is partial to menswear, and the actress was clearly inspired by it when it came to her official engagements: last week, she wore not one, not two, but five suits in a single day.
And while that should make her even more of a sartorial icon, some fans have taken issue with Lively's recent penchant for the pantsuit.
An Instagram user, who goes by the handle @fashion_critic_, recently shared an image of Blake wearing a custom pink three-piece suit from Ralph Lauren. "It’s suit number 1,356 for Blake Lively’s promotion of A Simple Favor," she wrote in the caption, suggesting that Blake had worn too many suits - if that's even a thing.
In any case, Blake didn't seem to think so, and clapped back at the double standards which dictate that women should only dress in conventionally "feminine" clothing. "Would you note a man wearing lots of suits during a promo tour?" she responded. "So why can’t a woman? Just sayinnnn. No double standards ladies."
The pair eventually worked it out, however. The Instagram user explained to Blake that she was simply trying to make a joke, writing "You know I love you, and I personally have really enjoyed this tour. If you look at my website, I have said that I have admired your total commitment to rocking suits during this promo tour. That number was just an attempt at humour. I’m sorry it didn’t translate. Looking forward to the Paris premiere."
This is not the first time that Blake has done her part to champion feminism, and to break down dangerous gender stereotypes. In a recent interview, Blake revealed that she avoids profusely apologising when on set, and we can all learn something from it.
"With age, you get more and more confident," she said when speaking to USA Today. "I spent a lot of my creative life trying to just go along with it, and when I had ideas, I felt like they weren’t encouraged. People just want you to show up, put on clothes, say words that aren’t yours and do what you’re told to do, versus actually being a creative partner."
"The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve realized how much better work I do when I get to collaborate, and it’s really not worth it otherwise," she continued.
"I’m most proud of the experiences in which I was valued and those are not ones where you’re apologizing — those are ones where any idea is welcomed and heard. Those experiences teach me to stand up for what I believe in, creatively."
You go, Blake!