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Cate Blanchett Has Defended The Right For Women To Be Sexy

Cate Blanchett has defended the right of women to look sexy, and said that they should be able to do so without it being interpreted as an invitation for sex.

The Oscar-winning Australian actress made her statement while picking up the Style Icon prize at the InStyle Awards 2017 in Los Angeles.

Blanchett said on stage: "Women like looking sexy, but it doesn't mean we want to f*** you."

Referring to former White House aide Steve Bannon she said: "No one says to Steve Bannon, 'you look like a bag of trash. Do you want me to throw you out?'.

"But the comments that get said about what women wear on the red carpet - I mean. If you trawl through those trolls on the internet, just don't.

"I just say, 'bring it on, ladies! Break it wide open. I think you're all extraordinary'."

The actress, 48, also praised "those women who've been utterly themselves without apology - whose physical presence and their aesthetic is really integrated in a non self-conscious way".

"Women who know how they look, it's not all of who they are but just an extension of that, and it's about women who feel free to wear what they want, when they want and how they want to wear it."

Blanchett is among a number of high-profile stars to shine a light on the topic of female empowerment in recent days after the mounting allegations of sexual harassment made against movie producer Harvey Weinstein and other film and TV bosses in the US.

With AAP.

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