PopStyle Intervention: Let's put an end to 'The Angelina Effect'
See what you started Angelina?
When Angelina Jolie popped and locked at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, she created a monster.
Thankfully, the Angelina’s right leg memes have played out, but even though a new awards season has begun, stars are still copying the red carpet pose. Come on, leading ladies, we’re getting into eye rolling territory. Only you can make it stop.
Of course thigh-high slits are nothing new, and for that matter, neither is jutting out a leg to highlight a well-toned gam (even Jolie had a less out-there version of the stance in her repertoire before she took things to the next level at the Oscars). I can understand why the women of Hollywood want to show a little — or alot of — leg, what with all hours many of them put in at the gym, but are we really going to have to see this awkward display every time they roll out a red carpet? No leg, right or left, will be as ubiquitous as Angelina’s, so everyone should just stop trying to follow in her footstep.
At the Golden Globes, Eva Longoria and Halle Berry tied for the title of highest slit and most over-the-top leg pose, but they weren’t the only stars that gave me restless leg syndrome.
Click through the photos to see the ladies who just couldn’t kick the habit.
This custom-made Emilio Pucci dress already had a lot going on, what with the intricate detailing at the bodice, long lace sleeves and key-hole back. Did Longoria really have to keep reminding us all that it also had a provocatively placed slit that nearly stretched up to her waist by standing in an way that nearly showed her entire bottom half? In a word, no.
For someone who had to miss last year’s Oscars because of a leg injury you’d think Halle Berry would be a little more careful about where she sticks that thing. Instead, she stretched so far, I was worried for her safety. Maybe she was trying to distract me from focusing on her awful dress?
I’m sure Orlando Bloom — and every other male onlooker — appreciated this dramatic slit, which showed off both of the model’s perfect legs, but even she knew this was a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.
At least the Project Runway host’s Globes pose wasn’t as Jolie’d as her Emmys 2012 stance, but come on Heidi, out of all the model poses you’ve learned over the years there’s got to be another way to make a high-slit work.
More than a few Globes watchers we’re turned off by the star’s tan — was it an orangey spray-on or a souvenir from her vacation in Hawaii? — which was even more obvious once she stuck her leg out.
The Victoria’s Secret model took one small step on the carpet, and one giant step into Jolie territory with her moody red-lipped facial expression.
The Smash star’s crossed legged pose was a slight spin on the pose in question, but let’s just nip this whole thing in the bud now before it goes to far, shall we?
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