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One actress confesses she skipped Cannes over body-shaming fears

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Andie MacDowell once missed Cannes after she put on weight, and the reason is shocking

Andie MacDowell stunned at the Cannes Film Festival this year when she walked the red carpet in a plunging coral floor-length Elie Saab gown. But there was a time when she was far less confident and even decided to skip it.

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Speaking to the Associated Press, the Groundhog Day actress revealed that after she had her second child, daughter Rainey Qualley, she was so afraid of body-shaming that she chose to stay home.

"You know Sex, Lies, and Videotape [her 1989 film] won here, and I didn't come because I had just had my daughter, and I was nursing her and really round and I was afraid people would make fun of me," she said.

That year Sex, Lies, and Videotape won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, France.

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While MacDowell does admit that she now doesn't care what people think of her, it's truly terrible that she felt so much pressure to look a certain way that it prevented her from attending the festival. And it once again highlights how society has unfair body expectations for women — especially for women in Hollywood.

"I know that was stupid. Now, in hindsight, because I've matured and I'm older, I don't really care what people say," she confessed.

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