Friday 20 April 2018

Eilis O'Hanlon: Angelina walked herself into leg furore with her thigh-high pose

The actress knew exactly what she was doing when she wore that dress, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Google Angelina Jolie's name right now and one of the first suggestions to appear is 'Angelina Jolie right leg'. Nothing about her campaigning United Nations work for disadvantaged children.

Nothing about her long career as an actress. Just the leg. Which can either be taken as evidence of a sexist media refusing to take a strong woman seriously, or evidence that Jolie has only herself to blame.

Personally, I'd plump for the latter. When she posed at the Academy Awards ceremony in a dress slashed up to her waist, long leg protruding like a small attention-seeking child playing peek-a-boo behind the curtains, Jolie knew exactly what she was doing. Forget the winners of the Best Adapted Screenplay award, which the Salt star was allegedly on stage to hand out. Instead, the night was going to be about her, preferably to such an extent that no one would be talking about anything else.

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