Jennifer Lawrence is awesome. Okay, fine, I’ll admit that I never saw her in The Hunger Games (what?! I never got around to reading it, and I hate watching movies before I read the book. I’m sorry. I know it’s unacceptable). But I have seen her in X-Men: First Class, and I’ve read/watched a ton of her interviews and I’ve also fallen in love with many of her outfits on the red carpet. So I don’t need to see The Hunger Games to know that I have a total girl crush on Jennifer.
So obviously, I was thrilled to see her on the cover of Elle‘s December issue. She looks gorgeous (I have total hair envy), and the interview makes her sound even cooler then I thought she was. One thing that stuck out the most? That Jennifer called herself “obese” by Hollywood standards. Um, what? Yeah… she said, “I eat like a caveman, I’ll be the only actress who doesn’t have anorexia rumors. In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress, I’m Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach.”
Ugh. If Jennifer Lawrence is considered obese in Hollywood, then I don’t know what obese means anymore. I mean, have you seen this girl’s body?! She’s not even close to what some might call fat. This story reminds me of what I just wrote about Kate Upton… and just like Kate, Jennifer looks gorgeous and healthy. Personally, I think it’s refreshing to see a famous star like Jennifer not be perfectly toned or thin, and still look awesome. I have nothing against skinny girls whatsoever, but if Hollywood featured actresses with only one body type, things would get pretty boring pretty quickly.
The body hate against Jennifer might sound familiar – remember when critics slammed her for being too heavy for her role as Katniss in The Hunger Games? Well, even though the books called for Katniss to be emaciated (due to being starving), apparently Jennifer had a reason for not slimming herself down for the part. She says, “I’m never going to starve myself for a part. I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner.’ That’s something I was really conscious of during training, when you’re trying to get your body to look exactly right. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong – not thin and underfed.”
While I totally get that some people feel J-Law’s interpretation of Katniss was a little off due to the weight thing (I get that die-hard fans imagined Katniss a specific way and might have been confused), I admire Jennifer for taking the stance she did. As Katniss, Jennifer was shoved into the spotlight and she suddenly became a role model for young girls. She’s right in believing that there are plenty of girls who would strive to look like Katniss. I think it’s seriously cool that she refuses to lose weight for a part – it sends a good message.
All in all, I’m totally stoked about Jennifer. She seems very chill and down-to-earth, and she also seems super comfortable with her body no matter what all those nasty critics have to say. And if she’s considered obese in Hollywood? Well, then I guess I’d like to be considered obese in Hollywood also.
What do you think about Jennifer Lawrence? Do you think she’s too heavy? Do you think she should have lost weight to play Katniss? Tell us in the comments!