Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence on Body Image: “Girls see enough of this body we can’t imitate”

Posted by on November 13, 2013 in Conscious Living, Inspirational with 1 Comment

Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence talks to BBC Newsnight’s Zoe Conway about the character she plays, her take on body image and her influence on young girls to look healthy, not thin.

Conway. You’ve voiced concerns about pressure on young women in Hollywood to be thin… How far would you, as an actress, be prepared to kind of stave that pressure off?  Do you worry about being put under pressure to lose weight for a role?  Would you say no to a director if they told you to lose a few pounds?

Lawrence: Yeah, and I have.  When we were doing the first Hunger Games, there was a big discussion because it’s called “The HUNGER Games.”   She’s from District 12.  She’s obviously underfed.  So she would be incredibly thin.  But, I just kept saying, “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 – we’ll never be able to obtain – these unrealistic expectations. And, this is going to be there hero.  And, we have control of that.  So, it’s kind of an amazing opportunity to rid ourselves of that in this industry.

Also, watch beloow Lawrence’s heartfelt response to the following question: “Having experienced the body image criticism in Hollywood, what is your advice to young girls dealing with the same treatment from their peers and to those who judge others based upon appearances?”

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