Jennifer Lawrence on Body Image + Weight

By Alexis Wolfer

Think Jennifer Lawrence has it all? Beauty. Success. Fame (whatever that means). It doesn’t mean she’s not affected by the unrealistic and extraordinarily dangerous body ideals perpetuated in the media. We all are.

In the newest issue of Harper’s Bazaar U.K., the Oscar winner reveals her own body insecurities. “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.”

Now, she says, “If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet,’ I’m like, ‘You can go f–k yourself.”

Which pretty much sums up my thoughts exactly whenever anyone comments not only on my body but also on the bodies of others even (especially!) the images of celebrities. It’s why I mute red carpet shows (because critiquing women’s bodies affects us all, and never for the better) and refuse to engage in conversations about weight. It’s why, for me, “fat” is the real F-word.

From now on, I’m taking note from Jennifer Lawrence: if (or, sadly, when) someone comments on body size or weight (yes, even if it’s just myself in the mirror), I’m telling her to go f-ck him or herself too.

Why complimenting someone for being skinny is just as bad as calling someone fat…