With Le Festival de Cannes over, I thought I'd take the opportunity to write about an important topic. First of all, let's have a look at a beautiful actress in a chic little outfit: Diane Kruger. She is a beautiful woman, seen here in an adorable little blue dress coupled with
gold sandals. The colour, the cut, the whole look is flattering and oh so pretty on her.
It is such a shame then that the paparazzi took the opportunity to turn what could have been a lovely story about this actress at Le Festival de Cannes into something totally tawdry. They did this by sinking so low as to publish photos looking straight up Diane Kruger's dress. They then had the cheek to label this with the now ever-present tabloid tag 'wardrobe malfunction'.
Now in my book, there are wardrobe malfunctions and there are 'wardrobe malfunctions'. A daring dress that blows up in a gust of wind is an example of the former. The paparazzi jostling for positions from the lowest angles whenever a female celebrity sits down or gets in or out of a car is not a wardrobe malfunction but a hideous invasion of privacy. Yet these are now almost acceptable images for even mainstream newspapers. How has this happened? Is it that female celebrities now feel the need to allow this sort of behaviour in order to conform to a now socially acceptable norm? I certainly hope not.
Arguably, some celebrities, eager for more exposure, literally expose more of themselves each day. This, however, does not give the paparazzi the right to invade privacy of these celebs or the more reserved women. In my view, it is high time that female celebrities who don't want to court such tasteless exhibitionism or flagrant invasion of privacy took a stand.
In the meantime, there might be a couple of things that could be done to protect female celebrities' modesty, before walking the red carpet.
- Chauffeurs of limousines could stop at a special spot, away from prying eyes, just long enough for the female celebrity to alight from the car and smooth down her dress. I am sure this is not too much to ask. This would prevent paparazzi getting photo snapped down the length of their cars, hoping to get the embarrassing shot that is bound to get them a bundle of cash.
- Another idea is for all red carpet events to employ personnel to open the car door for every female celebrity (a nice touch). They could provide them with a 'privacy curtain', such as a length of red velvet on a short rail that can be held across the door of the car. So, while the female celebrity alights from the limousine, she would be protected from prying lenses at a vulnerable time.
It is high time that the paparazzi learned to train their lenses where they were welcome rather than trying to identify the underwear (or lack thereof!) of every female celeb that comes in range. Frankly, I find this rather tiresome and disrespectful to witness those paparazzi all jostling for a better position so as to photograph women from the most undignified angles. Perhaps if the relevant celebrities objected to such crude shots, then the dignity of even ordinary women might be more respected.
What are your views on this topic? Please share with us in the comments below.
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