Cate Blanchett: “We all like looking sexy, but it doesn’t mean we want to f*ck you.”

Cate Blanchett is undoubtedly one of the most stylish A-listers to grace the red carpet – why else do all the biggest designers in the world fight amongst themselves to dress her every Awards Season? – but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t get her fair share of internet abuse for the way she dresses.

The Oscar-winning actress has been the victim of trolling for years, but she has just given one of the most empowering speeches while accepting her Style Icon award at the InStyle Awards in Los Angeles.

“For me, the true icons of style are always those women who’ve been utterly themselves without apology, whose physical presence and their aesthetic is really integrated in a non self-conscious way into part of who they are, and women who know how they look is not all of who they are, but just an extension of that,” she said.

“It’s about women who feel free to wear what they want when they want and how they want to wear it. We all like looking sexy, but it doesn’t mean we want to f*ck you.”

And she didn’t end there. She also spoke of the double standards that women face, expressing that men aren’t trolled and objectified in the same way…

“No one says to Steve Bannon, ‘You look like a bag of trash, do you want me to throw you out?'” she added.

“But the comments that get said about what women wear on the red carpet, if you troll through those trolls on the internet, just don’t.”

Well said, Cate! We couldn’t agree more!