Jennifer Lawrence is not fat. In this day and age of collagen injections, hair extensions, and liposuction, Lawrence remains the down-to-earth woman she was before her success as Katniss in The Hunger Games and before her Oscar win for Silver Linings Playbook. Her refreshing “take me as I am” attitude is a welcome change from the painfully thin starlets who line the pages of pop culture magazines, reflecting a standard of beauty that is impossible for young girls to attain.
Featured on the cover of December’s InStyle magazine, Jennifer Lawrence admits to her hatred of dieting and exercise. “Nothing can motivate me,” she says, “During Hunger Games, when I was eating ungodly amounts, I used to tell myself, ‘Stop eating, people are going to see this. This movie is going to be around forever.’ But nope! I was like, I still want candy and I still want a hot dog!”
Picturing her as Mystique in the X-Men movies, all blue paint and lean nakedness, it seems impossible to imagine Lawrence gobbling down hot dogs and candy and not spending hours and hours of time at the gym. In Harper’s Bazaar’s November issue, Jennifer Lawrence reveals that early in her career, she was once told that she was fat and was even threatened with being fired if she didn’t lose weight.
Saying that in Hollywood she is considered “obese,” Lawrence was criticized by some critics for not being thin enough to play the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Although she trained hard for her role as the expert bow hunter, “I’m never going to starve myself for a part,” she says. “I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner’…I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong—not thin and underfed.”
She recently criticized the E! network’s Fashion Police and other shows of its ilk for judging people based solely on appearances and making it seem acceptable to make fun of people publicly for their clothes, make-up, or bodies. Lawrence makes it clear that she would like to help foster a culture where women are supportive of each other and that it is not okay to call each other “fat.”
Drawing from those past experiences, Lawrence hopes that being open about her struggle against Hollywood’s skinny ideal will prevent young girls from thinking that they must be rail-thin and exercise constantly in order to be beautiful. Lawrence’s appeal with the younger generation gives her the opportunity to be a different type of role model – one who is healthy, beautiful, and true to herself.
Jennifer Lawrence is not fat. She admits that even after winning an Oscar and enjoying success, she was still told she was fat, even though she was clearly not, and that it still hurt. However, Lawrence goes on to say that she has now reached a place in her life where she accepts that Hollywood standards and real-life standards are not the same. Joking that “money” and on-set catering are her true motivations, “My bodyguard Gilbert, right before they call ‘action,’ I’m like, ‘If there aren’t Cheez-Its here by the time they call cut, just go home.’ And he’ll start running. It cracks me up how seriously he takes it,” she said.
By Jennifer Pfalz