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The joke goes that ‘the thigh’s the limit’, but that wasn’t the case for Bella Hadid at her first red carpet appearance at the Cannes Film Festival this week.

The It girl had just touched down in the French Riviera after a flight from Sydney where she attended Australian Fashion Week (and tried her best to decipher some local slang while hanging backstage with Grazia), and made an entrance impossible to miss at the premiere of La Fille Inconnue (The Unknown Girl) in a daring red dress with a split that went almost all the way up to her waist.

There were a few tense moments where Hadid 19, came close to revealing more than she probably intended to in the number by French haute couture designer Alexandre Vauthier, but otherwise the look was exactly the audacious fashion moment everyone looks forward to on the Cannes red carpet.

Extra points should be awarded to Bella for looking so fresh given she’d stepped off a flight from Australia just hours before – that’s no easy feat.

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