One actress confesses she skipped Cannes over body-shaming fears

May 22, 2015 at 1:44 p.m. ET
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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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