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Jennifer Lawrence Says Hollywood Thinks She is Obese

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Have you looked at Jennifer Lawrence lately? She’s beautiful; absolutely stunning. But the young actress says that those in Hollywood consider her to be “obese.” We wouldn’t believe it, but Hollywood is sort of the worst when it comes to this stuff.

In an upcoming interview for the December edition of Elle Magazine, Jennifer Lawrence talks about the criticisms of her appearance. For those unfamiliar, several critics have suggested that Lawrence wasn’t thin enough to play Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games.’

Noted jerk Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere said Lawrence “seems too big” for co-star Josh Hutcherson, adding “She’s a fairly tall, big-boned lady (I’ve been in a hotel room with her).” Okay, first of all, noting that you’ve been alone in a hotel room with a young actress is kind of creepy. Second of all, we’re still using the passive-aggressive term “big boned?” What is this, 1986?

Perhaps more upsetting is that the New York Times‘ Manohla Dargis, a fellow woman, commented, “A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission.” She doesn’t call Lawrence ”fat” outright, instead choosing positive words like “womanly” and “seductive” to lob her insult. And it just reads like the same sort of body-shaming that most young women deal with on the regular — this idea that being a normal, healthy woman is not good enough. That being healthy is being fat and undesirable. Coming from Ms. Dargis, this is even worse.

Variety‘s Justin Chang has one more insult to add to the list: “Hunger, the one constant in Katniss’ hard-scrabble life, barely even seems to register.”

Wow. Lawrence looked incredibly healthy and fit in ‘The Hunger Games.’ The actress responded to the critiques by saying:

In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress. I’m Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach.

And, sadly, she’s kind of right. By typical Hollywood standards, Jennifer Lawrence isn’t perfect. To a normal human being, she looks incredible. The average size of a woman in the US is, and has been for some time, 12. This just one size below being considered “plus-size,” and we can assure you, Jennifer Lawrence is nowhere near a size 12.

And if Jennifer Lawrence is “obese,” then what is Christina Hendricks to those people? Because seriously, to us, that woman looks bonkers-amazing.

Lawrence looked quite healthy in ‘The Hunger Games,’ and there was never a moment where we ever questioned why she was a little more curvy than some of the other girls. It’s not our job to scrutinize the appearance of famous people and make sure they look thin enough.

And Jennifer Lawrence isn’t letting the criticism get her down. The actress adds: “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’ … I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong — not thin and underfed.” Not sure about you guys, but we’d rather have a healthy actress who recognizes that she has the power to be a role model to her target audience than one who starves herself and teaches young girls that they’ll never be perfect.

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