The beautiful actress wore a gorgeous, black Atelier Versace gown and Savlatore Ferrago peeptoe heels, and accessorized her look with a Jaime Mascaro clutch and Neil Lane jewels, but few people noticed.
It was February 2012; specifically the Academy Awards where Angelina Jolie posed on the red carpet. Showcasing, her thigh-high slit, the actress posed as she does most of the time, with one leg forward. This time it was the right leg. The world was watching. Within a few seconds, Jolie’s pose went viral. From magazines to daytime news to blogs and other social media, no news outlet was off limits.
Jolie “jutted her right leg out in front of her, like she was George Washington crossing the Delaware River,” wrote the Huffington Post. The “slender right leg seemed to have a life of its own,” it continued.
The Daily Mail reported that Jolie’s leg “was the star of the Oscars, stealing the show with its attention-seeking antics.”
Buzzfeed compiled a photo album of the actress’s right leg, calling it “the breakout star of this year’s Academy Awards.”
An International Business Times article called the pose peculiar and awkward. “Jolie was seen making some peculiar poses that caught the attention of celebrity peers and Twitter fans alike… The sheer determination to show off that bare leg caught the attention of many, who thought Jolie looked vain and awkward,” wrote the publication.
By the end of the night, Jolie’s right leg had its own Twitter account, @angiesrightleg, and has garnered over 40,000 followers to date.
Why this single pose became so popular is beyond most reasonable people. Several other celebrities have repeatedly posed with one leg forward, sometimes with higher thigh slits than seen on Jolie’s dress. Maybe it was so buzzed about because Jolie’s countenance that night was more jovial; something not normally reserved for her red carpet appearances.
Or maybe it is because people cannot get enough of the actress. Either way, Jolie’s right leg pose on the 2012 Academy Awards red carpet is the Fashion Examiner’s pick for 2012’s most popular fashion moment.
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