Jennifer Lawrence has never been shy about her body. In the December 2012 issue of Elle magazine (upon which she graced the cover in a figure-skimming white dress), Lawrence was famously quoted as saying “In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress.” Named one of Barbara Walters’ 10 most fascinating people of 2013, Lawrence has continued her crusade against Hollywood standards of beauty. In the Elle article, Lawrence went on to say, “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.’ That’s something I was really conscious of during training, when you’re trying to get your body to look exactly right. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong — not thin and underfed.”
Lawrence’s insistence upon being a good role model has gotten her into some trouble with the media. She can’t seem to go a single interview without fielding at least one question about her weight and/or dress size, despite being (obviously) slender and healthy. There’s no avoiding that everything Jennifer Lawrence is plastered with latent “fat girl” imagery. Even her explanation of her infamous Oscars fall has hints of it; “I was at the Oscars, waiting to hear if my name was called, and I kept thinking, Cakewalk, cakewalk, cakewalk. I thought, ‘Why is ‘cakewalk’ stuck in my head?’ And then, as I started to walk up the stairs and the fabric from my dress tucked under my feet, I realized my stylist had told me, ‘Kick, walk, kick, walk.’ You are supposed to kick the dress out while you walk, and I totally forgot because I was thinking about cake! And that’s why I fell.” While perhaps thinking about cake isn’t a glamorous reason for the fall, it certainly is something that the average woman can relate to.
In her latest move to stick it to industry standards, Lawrence is featured on W’s February cover (“The Movie Issue”) wearing a floral, cherry-blossom print bra and high-waist briefs set that, while classically demure, doesn’t leave much to the imagination. Lawrence’s soft curves are on full display in this cover; she reclines in a relaxed “come hither” pose. Photographer Jeurgen Teller captured Lawrence in soft focus; the not-quite-blurry lighting gives a vintage feel to the shot. Lawrence looks like a classic beauty of the ages; a real Monroe.
Perhaps Lawrence doesn’t have her PR exactly right and perhaps calling herself “fat” isn’t the way to go about fighting body shaming in Hollywood; but one thing is for sure: we can’t wait to see more of Jennifer, cake or no cake.
Jennifer Lawrence’s latest coup on Hollywood’s body image standards is her appearance on the February W Cover in a sexy curve-enhancing swimsuit.