Before the credits rolled for the 2012 Academy Awards broadcast, “Angelina Jolie leg” had become a proper noun and “Jolie-legging” a verb. Imitators emerged immediately as they do with these sorts of viral memes.
But perhaps unique to this trend are the re-enactors themselves. They are not just a university swim team or bored co-workers. Starlets in their own right — serious actresses and artists — have been lining up on red carpets over the last year with right leg exposed through taffeta and chiffon.
In Cannes, a few months after the Oscars, the silhouette was everywhere. Kristen Stewart, Jessie J and Kim Kardashian were among the leggy copy-cats. More surprisingly, Jada Pinkett-Smith joined the party, as well as Frieda Pinto, who wore three separate gowns with extreme slits.
And most recently, and notably, Jennifer Lopez in Anthony Vaccarello at the Grammys.
As the year anniversary of Jolie-legging dawns, the meme/fashion trend/publicity stunt may have run its course.
Not that any of these women should avoid showing a little leg on the red carpet. But the ladies who have contributed to the fad have previously been some of the most daring and memorable for their own choices — think Halle Berry at the 2002 Oscars, J Lo in green Versace and Heidi in John Galliano at the 2008 Oscars.
For Sunday, let’s hope attendees take a lesson from Psy and retire the figurative dancing horse.
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