Blake Lively single-handedly brought the #AskHerMore campaign back into public prominence when she attended Variety’s Power of Women event on Friday 21 April.
The former Gossip Girl actress was accosted by a reporter on the red carpet who managed, in a bid to be on theme, to undermine the meaning of the entire event and her purpose in being there.
“What’s your power outfit?” they asked.
According the Vanity Fair, Blake tersely replied: “Come on, you want to talk about an outfit here, today? Are we really doing this? Would you ask a man that?”
A video of the exchange between Blake and the reporter was later tweeted. In it, Blake appears to tell the reporter: “… become more aware, and that we change, and that we build a women up. So, you can ask me another question.”
— Maeve McDermott (@maeve_mcdermott) April 21, 2017
Lively was actually at the event to be honoured for her work promoting the Child Rescue Coalition – a much more relevant and important topic than reducing her worth to her appearance, as is the patriarchal stereotype of womanhood and indeed the sexism we are all faced to deal with on a daily basis regardless of our achievements (see this Daily Mail front page for details).
She joins a whole host of different Hollywood actresses and comedians campaigning behind the banner of #AskHerMore to encourage showbiz journalists to not to question them on the same misogynistic lines.
It was started by The Representation Project’s Jennifer Siebel Newsom and famously championed by the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Amy Schumer and more.
Here’s one of our all time favourite call-outs by Scarlett Johansson, after she was quizzed about whether or not she wore underwear underneath her Black Widow bodysuit. Her co-star, Jeremy Renner, isn’t asked the same. Let’s just say it didn’t go down too well: