Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence is speaking out against the common practice of actors losing significant amounts of weight for film roles. Lawrence has a firm policy in her contracts prohibiting her from undergoing any extreme physical transformation, bringing attention to the dangers of doing so for actors’ health and promoting unrealistic beauty standards.
Lawrence’s decision adds to the growing dialogue about actors’ pay, the importance of promoting body positivity, and other issues in the entertainment industry.
Jennifer Lawrence Endured Fat-Shaming
The immense pressure exerted by the industry to conform to certain beauty standards has even affected Jennifer Lawrence, one of Hollywood’s most talented and successful actresses. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Lawrence talked about a traumatic experience from her early career, when she was the victim of body shaming at the hands of an industry insider.
The actress revealed she was called “fat” and warned that she would be fired if she didn’t drastically reduce her weight. To add salt to the wound, she was shown pictures of herself with little to no clothing to inspire her to lose weight.
“Somebody told me I was fat and 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. 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 **** yourself.”
By 2015, Jennifer Lawrence had taken a stand against Hollywood’s promotion of unrealistic beauty standards. She drew on her experiences with body shaming to add a clause to her contracts with movie studios: she would not significantly alter her appearance for a role.
Lawrence chose this out of concern for the well-being of young girls who might look up to her characters and for promoting body positivity. While preparing for her roles, Lawrence worked hard to build muscle rather than lose weight.
She was aware of the dangers associated with idealized body image ideals and sought to present a more positive image in the media.
Jennifer Lawrence On Abuse Against Women In Hollywood
Jennifer Lawrence’s activism extends beyond merely bringing attention to the dangers of Hollywood’s standard beauty norms. Additionally, she has spoken out forcefully against sexual harassment and abuse women in the entertainment industry face.
Lawrence spoke out in support of the victims and criticism of Harvey Weinstein after the scandal broke. Even though Lawrence did not experience any form of harassment at the hands of Weinstein, she still chose to use her platform to speak out against the issue.
Actors and fans alike can take heart from her unwavering dedication to body positivity and her refusal to engage in harmful habits. Lawrence’s continued success will pave the way for a more diverse and accepting Hollywood, where genuine talent and individuality are praised over the need to conform to stereotypes.
Source: Harper’s Bazaar