With Hollywood’s award season in full swing, some of this year’s top leading ladies are speaking out about a specific red carpet question that they find offensive: “What are you wearing?”
“Devious Maids” star Paula Garces said she feels the questions she gets on the red carpet are sexist.
“I just returned from Colombia doing work for the foundation, helping orphans [to] get job training and learning English, but if I go on a red carpet a reporter won’t ask about that," she told FOX411. "They want to know what I wore on my trip, if I’m still married and what did I do to lose my baby weight.”
(Garces is an ambassador for the Orphaned Starfish Foundation, which helps kids in Latin America.)
Stars like Cate Blanchett and Elisabeth Moss have also been indicating they are sick of their treatment on the red carpet for a while now.
During the 2014 SAG Awards, Blanchett showed her snark when a camera did a full body scan of her dress. She quipped, “Do you do this to the guys?”
Meanwhile, at the 2014 Golden Globes, “Mad Men” star Moss found an E! News mani-cam (a camera set up for a star to show off their manicure) so insultingl she nearly flashed her middle finger but was stopped by E! host Giuliana Ranic.
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In response to the red carpet chatter, Jennifer Siebel-Newsom, a filmmaker and founder and CEO of The Representation Project, has launched the #AskHerMore campaign which encourages reporters to focus on what the actress has achieved versus what designer dressed her.
“Frankly, I think red carpet correspondents avoid asking female talent big questions about racial and gender diversity in Hollywood because we’ve come to accept a superficial status quo from the entertainment and media industries,” Siebel-Newsom told FOX411. “The more people who call out these stereotypes through actions like #AskHerMore, the sooner we can achieve parity and a healthier culture.”
Actress Candace Cameron Bure, star of the upcoming Hallmark film "Aurora Teagarden: A Bone to Pick," echoed that she would love to be asked tough questions on the carpet.
“I would like to be asked more meaningful questions on the red carpet; Questions that can encourage and inspire others," she said. "I would happily talk about social issues if it was something I had a valid connection to and questions of faith, which a reporter who did their research on me would know it’s something I’m vocal and comfortable talking about.”
However, actress Maitland Ward, known for her revealing red carpet looks, offered a different take.
“I don't necessarily think it's a conscious decision on the reporters part to demean women. Honestly, it's what fans are interested in,” Ward told FOX411. “They want to hear about the glamorous fashions and who's with who. And I don't think they're asking men really deep, thought provoking questions either, for the most part. If I thought that, I would definitely have a problem with it. There is a lot of scrutiny of women's looks as opposed to men's, which is unfortunate. I think that's more the issue, why women are asked more about their looks than men.”
Garces, on the other hand, said she hopes the #AskHerMore campaign can trigger a change for future red carpet appearances.
“We are more than just pretty faces and what we are wearing," she said. "We are pioneers and care about the world.”