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Andie MacDowell once missed Cannes for fear of body-shaming over baby weight

Andie MacDowell struck a confident pose at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this week — but the actress revealed that she once skipped the event because she struggled with body image.

She says she didn't attend the festival 26 years ago because she feared negative comments about her baby weight shortly after welcoming her second child, Rainey Qualley.

"You know 'Sex, Lies, and Videotape' won here and I didn't come because I had just had my daughter, and I was nursing her and really round and I was afraid people would make fun of me," MacDowell, now 57, told the Associated Press Thursday.

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Andie MacDowell attends the premiere of "Inside Out" during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2015 in Cannes, France.

"Sex, Lies, and Videotape" won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1989.

"I know that was stupid," MacDowell added. "Now in hindsight, because I've matured and I'm older, I don't really care what people say."

The past few weeks have seen other stars take a powerful stance against body-shaming.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Melissa McCarthy revealed that she confronted a critic who slammed her appearance in a review of the film "Tammy," which was directed by her husband, Ben Falcone.

"Are you the one who wrote I was only a good actor when I looked more attractive and that my husband should never be allowed to direct me because he allowed me to look so homely?" she recalled telling the unnamed reviewer at the Toronto Film Festival last September.

And Pink recently opened up about why she addressed online bullies' nasty comments about her weight on Twitter last month.

"I think people have gotten it wrong. They think their opinion matters and holds weight and I don't know where or why they're giving themselves so much credit you know?" she told "Entertainment Tonight."

"So I thought it was important for me to remind them that I don't care. My life is full, I like food a lot and I really like to cook. I like to live. I find joy in that, and we're doing all right in the Hart household."