Hunger Games Actress Lawrence Promotes Confidence in Body Image

Lawrence goes for strong, fit look rather than extremely thin

Jennifer Lawrence has quickly become famous for her role as Katniss Everdeen in the hit movies based off The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.


It has seemed lately that whenever I am catching up on pop culture news, the paparazzi have reached out to Lawrence to discuss her character and her body image, but Lawrence has taken the opportunity to promote more than her fictional character.


Recently I watched a video where Lawrence had been in an interview with “Newsnight,” a television program through BBC News, where she was asked about her stance on body image and why she decided not to lose weight before filming The Hunger Games.


Lawrence said she considered more than loyalty to the character’s roots when making her decision, because her character “Katniss” was portrayed in the book series as an undernourished young girl from a poverty-stricken district, who would most likely be expected to be rather thin.


In a positive way, I’ve noticed that after Lawrence is asked about her body image, her answers go viral.


“We have the ability to control this image that young girls are going to be seeing,” Lawrence told Newsnight.”Girls see enough of this body that we can’t imitate, that we’ll never be able to obtain, these unrealistic expectations — and this is going to be their hero and we have control over that. So it’s kind of been an amazing opportunity to rid ourselves of that in this industry.”


Something I came to admire about Jennifer Lawrence – she saw an opportunity to speak for and to girls who can be happy in their body.


“And also I think that it’s better to look strong and healthy. Kate Moss running at you with a bow and arrow wouldn’t really be that scary,” Lawrence said, referencing the very thin and lanky English model.


I’ve seen fans on the internet that have reacted positively to the actress’ comments, applauding Lawrence for not entirely approving what is a widely accepted practice in Hollywood. Stars such as Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman embraced extreme diets to prepare for their roles in “Les Miserables” and “Black Swan,” according to The Huffington Post.


“I’m never going to starve myself for a part,” Lawrence said. “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.”


Lawrence expressed the importance of her character being represented as a good role model for young girls who have followed the books and movies.


“I, growing up, didn’t have a female hero like Katniss is,” Lawrence said in the Newsnight interview. “I think she’s a wonderful role model for young girls. I’m happy they have a character like that.”


Lawrence has gained attention from her fans for her stance on an appropriate body image and overall goofy personality, which have be seen in images all over social media sites and YouTube clips.


Whether her fan base grows or not during Lawrence’s career, I hope that her message reaches out to more than just young girls now, to be comfortable in your own body and strive for what’s important, not what is just seen in magazines.