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The Sexiest Dresses That Conquered the Cannes Film Festival

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Bella Hadid's dress was perhaps the festival's biggest star. (Getty)

Bella Hadid's dress was perhaps the festival's biggest star. (Getty)

The Cannes Film Festival kicked off earlier this week with Hollywood's biggest stars flocking to the French Riviera to bask in the spotlight of the world's glitziest cinematic happening.

While the original intent behind the iconic event has been to salute movies and honor those who made them, a veritable invasion of towering supermodels has instead been what everyone's talking about. USA Today even dubbed Bella Hadid's instantly viral red dress "the slit that conquered Cannes."

It's difficult not to find yourself ogling the likes of former Maxim cover girls Alessandra Ambrosio and Irina ShaykAdriana Lima, Karlie Kloss as they strut the red carpet and brave paparazzi flashbulbs. But their head-turning appearances have virtually stolen the spotlight from what Cannes is truly meant to celebrate.

Ah, who really cares about that, though? Let's take a look at the jaw-dropping shots from some of the darlings of this year's Festival de Cannes: