May 25, 2012 at 2:49 PM ET
When Angelina Jolie struck her much-lampooned pose at the Oscars in February, little did we know that months later we'd still be up in arms about stars' legs on the red carpet.
An informal survey of entertainment slideshows -- and other places on the Internet where attractive body parts are showcased -- reveals that legs attached to female celebrities appear to be stepping out more than normal of late.
Certainly showing a little skin or a lot of leg is nothing new, especially in Hollywood. Jolie made news for going a step (sorry, these puns are way too easy) further when her gam got glam and leapt 2 feet out of her black gown.
Now every star in a dress with a high slit is being compared to Jolie, even if they're just standing there with no intention of turning an appendage into an Internet meme. Well, except for model Anja Rubik and her hip bone at the Costume Institute Gala earlier this month. That's no ordinary pose.
Check out this random sampling of a few well-known celebrities. Are these outfits over the top? I'm no dressmaker, but the physics of being able to walk while wearing a long gown demands that that gown have a little give. Jolie went beyond the give part and took her pose up a notch. So critical style eyes are now looking below the waist of some of Hollywood's biggest stars to find the copycats.
The high slit is poised to rule the red carpet until the first snow flies up skirts next winter. In an era of trout pout and side boob (hi Miley!), there's little use fighting it and demanding that stars put on some @$%*! clothes. (If only you used symbols to swear at us in the comments ... like the old days ... when women covered up!)
ZZ Top said it best: "She's got legs, she knows how to use them."
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