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Blake Lively Speaks On the "L.A Face With an Oakland Booty" Controversy

George Pimentel
Blake Lively in Versace at the Cannes Film Festival

The actress broke her silence on the Instagram caption that caused an uproar.

Blake Lively caused quite the stir during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and not just for her incredible, Cinderella-esque fashion choices. 

Following the premiere of Cafe Society, the Woody Allen-directed film in which she stars alongside Kristen Stewart, the actress posted a red-carpet photo of her curve-hugging, embellished Atelier Versace gown with the caption, "L.A. face with an Oakland booty" — a reference to Sir Mix-a-Lot's 1992 hit, "Baby Got Back." 

Social media erupted with cries of "racial insensitivity," claiming that Lively's use of the lyrics was "disrespectful" to women of color. Sir Mix-a-Lot himself came to Lively's defense, but the actress herself stayed quiet. That is, until now. 

 

L.A. face with an Oakland booty

A photo posted by Blake Lively (@blakelively) on

While promoting her new film The Shallows on Sway Calloway's Shade 45 radio show on Tuesday, Lively addressed the controversial photo.

"It's something I was proud of," she noted of her "Oakland booty." "I never meant to offend anyone. But Sir Mix-a-Lot, he actually said a very nice thing, he was very defensive and kind, because it's just about celebrating women's bodies, and that's what I was doing." 

On the subject of body image, Lively also shared that her red-carpet getup isn't exactly representative of her everyday look. "Even in that dress, I'm wearing a great, tiny corset that like someone has synched me in within an inch of my life and it's the most favorable version," she said.

"So when you look at yourself in the mirror at home and you don't look like that, you think, ‘Well, why do those people look like that?' But when I go home and take off that dress and look in the mirror, I don't look like that either." Count on Blake to keep it real.

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