Jennifer Lawrence discusses Body Image

“There are unrealistic expectations for women, it’s disappointing that the media keeps it alive and fuels that fire.” ―Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence visited Yahoo headquarters yesterday  for an exclusive Q&A session with CEO Marissa Mayer to discuss the upcoming release of the second installment of the Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

During the Q&A session Jennifer was asked questions via Tumblr as well as from the attending audience. And this particular question asked from a [slightly embarrassed] dad on behalf of his daughter received an answer from Jennifer which solidified my love for this young woman: Having experienced the body image criticism in Hollywood, what is your advice to young girls dealing with the same treatment from their peers and response to those who judge others based on appearance?”

Her answer … “Screw the people who judge you. I experienced it in school before I was famous. The world has this idea that if you don’t look like an airbrushed perfect model… You have to see past it. You look how you look, you have to be comfortable.”

And then she went on to discuss the media, specifically The Fashion Police which has made it’s fame from judging red carpet outfits as well as mocking and insulting celebrity bodies:

 There are shows like The Fashion Police that are just showing these generations of young people to judge people based on all the wrong values and that it’s OK to point at people and call them ugly or fat. They call it ‘fun’ and they say ‘welcome to the real world’ – and that shouldn’t be the real world, it’s going to continue being the real world if we keep it that way. We have to stop treating each other like that and stop calling each other fat. There are unrealistic expectations for women, it’s disappointing that the media keeps it alive and fuels that fire. It’s something that really bothers me – because I love to eat.”

We NEED more outspoken young women like Jennifer Lawrence in the media, she’s passionate about positive body image and in this “perfection” obsessed world these are the type of messages we should be exposed to. Besides, shouldn’t encouraging others to love themselves be our ‘welcome the real world’.

[You can watch Jennifer Lawrence’s full interview on Yahoo! Screen.]

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