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Jennifer Lawrence will wear what she wants to, gosh darn it.
"Get a grip people," she wrote Wednesday on Facebook. "Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THATS MY CHOICE TOO!"
Lawrence's passionate post refers to a controversy surrounding an outfit she wore on Tuesday to a photo call for her new thriller, "Red Sparrow." News outlets and social media users ruminated on whether her choice, a Versace dress with a plunging neckline and thigh-high slit, was appropriate for brisk London weather.
"Please give Jennifer Lawrence a dang coat," Jezebel pleaded. Twitter users replied to the Versace account's photo of her in the velvet gown with comments such as, "I've seen your beautiful suits and coats. Why don't you respect Ms Lawrence enough to dress her appropriately for the weather?"An editor at the British magazine New Statesman tweeted a photo of Lawrence with her bundled-up co-stars and added, "This is such a quietly depressing (and revealing) image. Not least because I've been outside today and it's bloody FREEZING."
Many critics presumed that Lawrence had not chosen the outfit herself, implying that it represented persisting gender inequality in Hollywood. Jezebel, for example, began its post by calling out her stylists: "If you're looking at a woman and she is appropriately protected from the ravages of wind and rain, will you forget how hot she is? Yes. Thank you, J. Law's stylists, for respecting this truth." Lawrence targeted this notion in her Facebook post, emphasizing her own sense of agency.
"That Versace dress was fabulous, you think I'm going to cover that gorgeous dress up with a coat and a scarf?" she wrote. "I was outside for 5 minutes. I would have stood in the snow for that dress because I love fashion and that was my choice."