Karen Belz
October 24, 2017 11:28 am

We want to extend some well-earned congratulations to actress Cate Blanchett, who scored the Style Icon Award at the 2017 InStyle Awards. Not only did she deserve the honor, but the speech that Blanchett gave about women and their personal wardrobe decisions is one that everyone should hear.

The actress made sure to give thanks to a few designers, including Nicolas Ghesquière, Clare Waight Keller, and Stella McCartney, and noted that one of the huge perks of working as an actress is, “You get to inhabit these extraordinarily, beautifully constructed gowns by geniuses.”

She went on to note that she most admires women who are fearlessly themselves when it comes to their personal style.

Blanchett went on to comment on the ever-present stigma surrounding women who enjoy dressing sexily.

We couldn’t agree more. A woman choosing to dress in tight or revealing clothes is not an invitation for harassment or sexual abuse, nor is it even an indication that she’s interested in having sex. It’s simply what she likes putting on her body — often for no one but herself.

Women are indeed under intense and constant scrutiny when it comes to what they choose to wear in a way that men generally are not (think about the last time you heard a reporter ask a man “Who are you wearing?” on the red carpet). Instead of criticizing what a woman — celebrity or not — decides to wear on any given occasion, let’s support her wearing what she likes and feels confident in.

Because really, isn’t that the point?