Cate Blanchett took a stand against sexual harassment in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal by focusing on what being a style icon really means during her speech at the InStyle Awards Monday night.
The 2017 Style Icon award winner praised confident and independent women everywhere as she made the very valid point that women dress for themselves and the clothes they choose to wear are never an invitation to be hit on.
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The Australian actress said the true style icons are "women who know how they look is not all of who they are, but just an extension of that."
"It's about women who feel free to wear what they want, when they want and how they want to wear it. I mean, you know we all like looking sexy but it doesn't mean we want to f-ck you."
The crowd applauded in support before the "Thor: Ragnarok" star offered a political jab: "No one says to Steve Bannon: 'You look like a bag of trash, do you want want me to throw you out?' 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."
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She continued: "For me, the true icons of style, it's always those women who have been utterly themselves without apology."
Blanchett's speech comes on the heels of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and her public condemnation of his alleged actions. The actress has starred in Weinstein's 2004 film "The Aviator" and 2015 film "Carol," as well as various Miramax films early in her career.
After the news of Weinstein's decades-long sexual misconduct around women in Hollywood broke, Blanchett released this statement: "Any man in a position of power or authority who thinks it's his prerogative to threaten, intimidate or sexually assault any woman he encounters or works alongside needs to be called to account. It is never easy for a woman to come forward in such situations and I wholeheartedly support those who have."