Jennifer Lawrence spied a crying young girl in a wheelchair waiting behind the barriers to see the stars of Hunger Games: Catching Fire walk the red carpet during the London premiere. Proving that she is beautiful both inside and out, Jennifer Lawrence left the red carpet to comfort the crying girl.
Lawrence, 23, stopped to allow security to move a barricade so that she could bend down toward the girl. Appearing to offer comfort, Lawrence talked to the girl before signing an autograph, posing for a picture, and receiving a hug from the girl. More words are exchanged between them as the little girl dries her eyes, culminating in a final hug and kiss initiated by Lawrence, who doesn’t seem to mind that the girl’s tears are more than likely staining the shoulder of her designer coat. Although what was said during the exchange between Lawrence and the girl is unknown, it does appear that the girl is comforted by the conversation.
The red carpet episode only highlights the message that Lawrence is trying to send to Hollywood and to young women everywhere as an outspoken critic of Hollywood’s culture of demanding unattainable perfection in young women. Unabashed by critics calling her fat, Lawrence embraces her womanly body and curves, which are on display in the tight wetsuits the cast wears in Catching Fire. “Growing up, I didn’t have a female hero the way that Katniss is. I think she’s a wonderful role model for young girls. I’m happy that they have a character like that.” Her passion is not just an act for good publicity, as evidenced by Jennifer Lawrence leaving the red carpet to comfort the crying girl in the wheelchair.
She recently voiced her opinion regarding Miley Cyrus and Hollywood’s objectification of women, saying that “sex sells. And for some disgusting reason, young sex sells even more.” Lawrence’s refusal to lose weight in order to play roles is well known. Although her character in the Hunger Games trilogy is from a poverty-stricken area, Lawrence did not find it appropriate for her to starve herself to look emaciated.
“We have the ability to control this image that young girls are going to be seeing. Girls see enough of this body that we can’t imitate, that we’ll never be able to attain. This is going to be their hero, and we have control over that. So it’s kind of an amazing opportunity to rid ourselves of that in this industry. I think it’s better to look strong and healthy. I feel like someone like Kate Moss running at you with a bow and arrow wouldn’t really be scary.”
Her compassion and drive to shine a light on Hollywood’s cruel obsession with unattainable perfection has made her a hero in her own right to those young girls struggling to reach an impossible goal. Portraying a strong young woman with the intelligence and cunning to survive in a most extreme game lets Lawrence demonstrate the qualities that she feels should be sought after by young girls. In doing so, Jennifer Lawrence may not change the culture of Hollywood on her own, but she will change the lives of young girls who grow up admiring her, including the crying girl for whom she left the red carpet to comfort.
By Jennifer Pfalz