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Jennifer Lawrence Has Zero Patience For Body Shaming


“I was young. It was just the kind of sh*t that actresses have to go through. Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet. It was just that. [Someone brought it up recently.] They thought that because of the way my career had gone, it wouldn’t still hurt me. That somehow, after I won an Oscar, I’m above it all. ‘You really still care about that?’ Yeah. I was a little girl. I was hurt. It doesn’t matter what accolades you get. I know it’ll never happen to me again. If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet,’ I’m like, ‘You can go f*ck yourself.’”Jennifer Lawrence speaking to Harper’s Bazaar UK.

Love this lady. So hard.

(via Tipster Danni, Huffington Post)

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  • http://foxesandharts.com/ Bethany Dean

    Ugh. I wish I was younger so I could grow up with her as my role model.

  • Chaka ♥

    LOVE her.

  • Anonymous

    This is why she’s my girl crush!

  • http://www.domesticchaos.com Ashley

    Perfect!

  • Jenny Bobo

    If she’s fat, then I’m Jabba the Hut

  • Mina

    What drives me nuts is how distorted our society’s idea of fat has become on top of the obsessive need to bring it up. How in the world does anyone think Jennifer Lawrence is fat? I can’t understand it.

  • http://anna.balasi.com/ AnnaB

    She’s amazing.

  • Robert Vary

    Jennifer Lawrence is one of those rare celebrities whom I love in their movies and love even more in real life.

  • Jim

    Makes me wanna head over here, turn it up loud and have a dance party. Join me?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjPWL-23w-w

  • Alice Ruppert

    Honestly, Jennifer Lawrence is such an awesome person.
    “Love this lady. So hard” doesn’t even cover it.

  • Fran

    fat?? faaaat?? ARE YOU KIDDING? oh man…

  • Anonymous

    Wonder Woman
    You know she can bring it!

  • Saraquill

    I read this and wonder how many people will denounce her anyway for speaking up on the subject while not looking a certain way.

  • Stewart Zoot Wymer

    It’s great that actors can be so forthright towards their “handlers” (although it’s not certain who showed her those pictures and accused her of being fat, but I was imagining it would be someone in the movie business)

    Now, as long as the producers, directors and writers can come to the party as well … I still feel that the old guard will take a while to deconstruct themselves and redress the current wrongs. We’re not out of the woods yet, but this is promising that the new crop of actors aren’t easily pushed around. A great role model for not just actors but anyone – male or female. Such a righteous defiance crosses all lines!

  • http://cainslatrani.blogspot.com/ Cain S. Latrani

    I’m an old guy. Well, I’m 40, soon to be 41. I feel like an old guy.

    I was going somewhere with that, but never mind it now. My brain wandered off with that point and isn’t coming back, I guess.

    Back when, (there it is!) we didn’t celebrate anorexia. I remember when just being a woman was enough for a woman to be pretty. Seriously.

    Okay, that may have just been me, but it does seem now as if back when I was in my teens and early twenties, women just being women was enough. They didn’t need to look like a missed salad leaf away from moaning for brains as they gnawed on your arm to be called ‘pretty’.

    Until the dinosaurs ate them, anyway.

    Yeah. Old.

  • Lindsey Stock

    I want to like her more for this, but my JLAW love meter is like, already at max.

  • Anonymous

    Back when, we didn’t celebrate anorexia? Maybe. Or maybe you just didn’t know it was going on, because it was less trendy to discuss. I was around back then, and believe me, it was clearly communicated to me that even beginning to be a woman meant failing to be pretty. I weighed 70 pounds when I was first informed I was going to get fat, 90 when I was pushed to start dieting, and 100 when I was convinced I must need it. I didn’t eat breakfast. My standard lunch in high school? Diet Coke, and occasionally some hot sauce to kill the hunger. I wasn’t the only one, and certainly wasn’t the most extreme.

    Thankfully, I gave up after a few years, started eating normally (well, I still don’t do breakfast, and I forget lunch a lot), and discovered that if a body isn’t starving, it has energy to actually do stuff, which coincidentally works pretty well to keep it in shape. But that first year of not even trying, you can bet I felt like a fat failure….in part due to the never-ending message that I WAS a fat failure.

  • Joanna

    Some people think size 12 is fat. Lol, wut?

  • Anonymous

    You celebrated Anorexia. Hell, models from “your time” had a far bigger problem with it than modern models.

  • KA

    Jennifer Lawrence–HERO!

  • KA

    I’ve heard the same ignorant statements made about Kate Upton.

  • http://cainslatrani.blogspot.com/ Cain S. Latrani

    Like I said, it may just been me, but I really don’t recall it being treated like a good idea the way it is now. Granted, people do tend to paint the past in a better light, and I am no different, but when I look at the stuff going on today, it does seem like we as a society took a sharp right turn somewhere along the way.

  • http://cainslatrani.blogspot.com/ Cain S. Latrani

    It doesn’t seem that way, though. Maybe it was because we didn’t have as much photoshopping or something, but I really don’t recall Skelator being a sex symbol, you know?

  • Janelle S

    No, but “heroin chic” as a modeling trend came on the scene at the time you and I were just beyond jail bait.

  • http://cainslatrani.blogspot.com/ Cain S. Latrani

    Well… shit. I’d forgotten all about that.

    There goes that theory. Bye, theory!

    We really have always been messed up about looks.

  • Janelle S

    The sooner we all forget that unfortunate trend, the better, I think :)

  • http://cainslatrani.blogspot.com/ Cain S. Latrani

    It took me years, but now it’s back in my head. Thanks. -.-

    Joking aside, I had forgotten that, and it does remove the rather golden hue of my memories, which while I hate, I’m grateful for, because it’s gotten me thinking back over stuff I haven’t thought about for some time.

    Specifically, the question of how much of the body image distortion that is presented to women, and men as well, is deliberate, and how much is the result of the gross stupidity that is rampant in advertising and media.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know … I get that we don’t like body shaming, but the comments of “she’s not fat” just prompts me to ask, “So … would it be OK for people to comment on her body if she was ‘actually’ fat?” Or that it’s so ridiculous for people to call a skinny woman fat … because it’s OK to call a fat woman fat?

    I’m great with the “let’s stop commenting on women’s bodies!” angle, less on the specific “whether Jennifer Lawrence can be ‘legitimately’ called fat” angle.

  • http://www.tinypinkrobots.com/ Rori

    She can be an adult-adoption role model, right? If not I’m just gonna retcon it.

  • Mina

    Well there’s been a couple posts on here decrying certain body shaming incidents Melissa McCarthy has experienced. So I think TMS is pretty generally not okay with body shaming, regardless of the body being criticized.

    I think it just takes the whole thing to an even higher level of ridiculousness though when this happens to someone who doesn’t even particularly look overweight. At that point you realize that it’s not just a problem of there being people who think it’s okay to insult someone else’s body and undercut their self-esteem. You also realize just how many people there are that think anything more than stick skinny is “fat.”

  • Anonymous

    Twiggy was a thing during your time.

  • Emily Hill

    And now I want this to be what my niece sees over Christian stewart

  • Anonymous

    I think people making that comment are just pointing out the de facto double standards when it comes to women’s bodies and the way we perceive them. Of course that doesn’t make it ok if she was “fat”. They’re just saying that it’s a ridiculous concept, no matter how fat or skinny.

  • Anonymous

    It wasn’t treated as a good idea or a bad idea: it wasn’t discussed at all. No one said “Hey, you should try anorexia, it’s swell!” But it was pervasive in discussion of what we should and shouldn’t wear, what we should eat, the commercials around us, the models and stars and newscasters. Fad diets were trotted out in women’s magazines and given false validity, with no scrutiny of health risks. Pinching an inch was undisputably a bad thing; Special K built their marketing on that. We were supposed to be thin, and, as with all the rest of the messy stuff we’re supposed to do backstage to be beautiful (did you know we have body hair? Like the rest of the mammals?), we weren’t supposed to let on.

    It’s interesting that, about that time, a book called “Second Star to the Right”, written from the anorexic’s perspective, came out. I read that, and knew exactly what that character was talking about. And yet, it didn’t strike me as remotely odd that I, and other girls I knew, saw that as a positive model: here was a girl who wasn’t just dieting, she was succeeding. Looking at the Amazon reviews of it, that response was pretty frighteningly common.

  • Anonymous

    I’m hoping it’s more an outcry against the sort of warped societal view that would ever cause someone to look at her and find her fat, than a validation of chastising actresses as long as they are actually fat.

  • http://cainslatrani.blogspot.com/ Cain S. Latrani

    You know, I do not remember her. I know the name, but I couldn’t tell you what she looked like to save my life. I can’t recall even a single image of her.

    Weird. I know she was a big deal, but there’s nothing there.

    Of course, I forgot heroin chic, too, but I remember Nichelle Nichols clear as a bell.

    I think there may be a bias at play in my memory.

  • Anonymous

    I hope so! I always thought trying to comfort someone by saying “but you’re NOT fat” doesn’t really help someone whose self-esteem is precarious … there’s always a little voice that asks “but what if I am? What then?” And the most useful answer is that “it doesn’t matter.”

  • Auri Gade

    I agree! I think the magazines and media are to blame for these distorted beliefs that being implanted on the minds of young women.
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  • stellans

    I think it began with Wallis Simpson. Until her, the idea of beauty was more the full-figured Sophie Tucker types. All of a sudden “You can’t be too rich or too thin” became the order of the day.