Beyond Headlines: Sydney Sweeney On Objectification, Feminism & More

Sydney Sweeney isn't just an actor but a producer, brand ambassador, and CEO of Fifty-Fifty Films. Despite her work ethic, headlines often centre on personal details or her body. Here is how she confronted them.

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Sydney Sweeney, the new IT GIRL in the entertainment industry, is more than just an actor. As a producer, and brand ambassador for names like Miu Miu, Armani, and Ford, and the CEO of Fifty-Fifty Films, she embodies versatility and dedication. 


Despite her impressive work ethic, headlines often focus on personal details or her physique, prompting her to challenge stereotypes head-on. Let’s take a look at why she made headlines most recently.

As Sydney promotes her upcoming movie, Anyone But You, her fashion choices have taken centre stage. The actor, known for her impeccable style, has showcased a diverse range of outfits during the press tour. From bedazzled vests to crystal-embellished gowns, Sydney has become a fashion girlie, capturing the attention of enthusiasts worldwide.

A Lingerie-Forward Fashion Statement

During a special screening of Anyone But You in Sydney, Sweeney made a fashion statement yet again in a Givenchy ensemble. The pale green matching set from the Spring/Summer 2024 collection included a see-through draped top and maxi skirt, revealing a daring twist with exposed underwear. This lingerie-forward moment added a cheeky yet empowering dimension to her overall appearance. The Givenchy outfit, paired with diamond hoop earrings and satin platforms, exemplified her ability to confidently own any look.


Red Carpet Controversies

In a GLAMOUR Unfiltered video shoot, Sydney humorously addressed misconceptions: "The biggest misconception about me is that I’m a dumb blonde with big tits."

She sheds light on the scrutiny she faces, especially during red-carpet events where attention shifts from her achievements to her appearance. Sydney emphasises that the outfits she wears are often no different from those of her peers, yet headlines tend to sensationalize her choices.

In an interview with Glamour, she says "Well, especially when it comes to red-carpet pics and they’re like, ‘Sydney Sweeney displays bust,’ or ‘Sydney Sweeney wears a scandalous dress,’ I’m like, ‘I’m wearing the exact same dress someone else would be wearing! I just have tits.’ And if someone else is wearing it, they’d be like, ‘Oh, so sleek and so well-mannered.’ Just because I have boobs, it doesn’t change…I understand. I get it. It’s your headline. And those won’t change because then they won’t get the clicks.”

The entertainment industry's fixation on Sydney's physical attributes has been a recurring theme, exemplified by the emphasis on her body in red-carpet coverage. This objectification not only diminishes her as an artist but perpetuates harmful stereotypes that undermine the hard work and dedication she brings to her roles. Sydney, however, remains remarkably resilient in the face of such challenges, understanding the media's need for attention-grabbing headlines and clicks.

The Rolling Stones' Music Video Controversy

Sydney's starring role in the Rolling Stones' music video for Angry stirred controversy, with critics, including Damon Albarn, accusing it of objectifying her. However, Sydney remains unapologetic, expressing how she felt empowered and in control during the shoot. Addressing the feminist question, she highlights finding empowerment through embracing her body, viewing it as something both sexy and strong.

In a world where headlines often reduce talented individuals to stereotypes, Sweeney stands out as a feminist force in the entertainment industry. Beyond the controversies and objectification, she continues to empower herself through her work, fashion choices, and unapologetic embrace of her identity. As she takes on new roles and challenges, Sweeney's journey serves as inspiration for women navigating the complexities of fame and public perception.

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