Jennifer Lawrence Demands That Hollywood Embraces a “Normal” Body Type
by Faith Brar
It’s about damn time.
In the wake of Amy Schumer and Kerry Washington calling out big magazines on their misconstrued opinions of “the perfect woman,” Jennifer Lawrence has also decided to speak up on the issue in her most recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar. “I would like us to make a new normal body type,” she said in the interview. “Everybody says: ‘We love that there is somebody with a normal body!’ And Im like: ‘I don’t feel like I have a normal body.’ I do Pilates every day. I eat, but I work out a lot more than a normal person.”
She has a point. Women’s bodies in the fashion and entertainment world are a result of a lot of hard work and copious amounts of time that normal women usually don’t have. The Silver Linings Playbook star drew attention to the fact that most women in the entertainment industry are expected to come packaged in a very particular manner. Women who are ‘normal’ and healthy are often made to feel as though they are overweight, simply because they don’t have a skinny frame. And J-Law has a huge problem with that.
“I think we’ve gotten so used to underweight, that when you are a normal weight, its like “Oh, my God, she’s curvy’. Which is crazy. The bare minimum would be to up the ante. At least so that I don’t feel like the fattest one,” she jokes.
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The academy-award winning actress has not been one to shy away from voicing her opinions. She was one of the first people in Hollywood to talk about gender pay disparity in the entertainment industry. She wrote a passionate essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter newsletter where she addressed the Sony hack and how several leaked documents showed that she earned considerably less than her fellow male co-stars in American Hustle.
For Lawrence, it wasn’t about fighting over millions of dollars. Because, well, she is the highest paid actress in Hollywood. But it was more so about the principle. “My reality is absolutely fabulous, but it is not the reality of a lot of women in America. That’s what I’m talking about,” she said in the essay.