Reese Witherspoon Challenges Oscars Red Carpet to #AskHerMore: ‘We’re More Than Just a Dress’ (Video)

Academy Award-nominated star of “Wild” and other Hollywood heavyweights voice frustration over fixation on actresses’ appearance

Is “who are you wearing?” finally falling out of favor?

Frustrated by red carpet questions for actresses that focus on their exteriors, the social media hashtag #AskHerMore has been gaining steam all awards season. On Sunday, just minutes before the start of the 87th Academy Awards, actress Reese Witherspoon brought the issue front and center.

“This is a movement to say we’re more than just our dresses. It’s great, the dresses are beautiful, we love the artists who make these clothes,” she told red carpet host Robin Roberts, who did not ask Witherspoon about her Tom Ford dress.

“We’re so happy to be here and talk about the work we’ve done. It’s hard being a woman in Hollywood or in any industry, so it’s exciting for me to get to talk to other nominees about all the hard work they did,” she continued.

The actress, nominated for her role in “Wild,” had been using social media to similar ends leading up to the movie industry’s biggest night. She shared this on Instagram earlier Sunday afternoon:


Witherspoon isn’t the only #AskHerMore advocate, either. Everyone from TV behemoths Shonda Rhimes and Lena Dunham to journalist and former First Lady of California Maria Shriver used the hashtag on Sunday to express support for the movement, which begs people to dig deeper than just ball gowns and fashion accessories.

Here are some examples of #AskHerMore in action on Twitter: