My Femme Crush on Jennifer Lawrence

23 / 12 / 2013

Beth Nokes is a Projects and Communications Officer at The Victorian Women’s Trust, which includes assisting in the production of Sheilas. She has a degree in Media and Communications and a massive crush on Jennifer Lawrence.

By Beth Nokes

Our society places a huge emphasis on the beauty and sexuality of young female celebrities, with little room for their personalities to shine through. The most regarded female starlets fit in to a very narrow beauty ideal, an unattainable standard of perfection. It seems rare that their off screen performance differs from their on-screen character. With a public image dictated by a publicist, interviews conducted within tight boundaries, regulated answers to questions that world has heard over and over again, there is little room for candid conversation.

In the tightly controlled world of Hollywood Jennifer Lawrence feels like a breath of fresh air. Yes, she is beautiful, but it she has taken the world by storm with her personality and refusal to conform to the Hollywood stereotype. Thought Catalog hit the nail on the head when they described Jennifer Lawrence as an actress who behaves more like an actual person than most of the ‘reality’ stars on television these days.

The 23-year-old has always been refreshingly honest about her views on dieting and the looks based film industry, lashing out at shows such as Joan River’s ‘Fashion Police’ that criticize women on their physical attributes and fashion style. I wish that I could take this quote of hers and frame it on the wall of every girl who believes that anyone who falls outside of a size six is overweight, “What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb.”

Lawrence has pointed out exactly what is wrong with these ‘reality’ TV shows, how they teach young people to judge others based on all the wrong values and that openly condemning someone because of their size or appearance is acceptable. Hallelujah. We get these types of role models every once in a while, but so often the voice of young women in Hollywood is drowned out by controversies over their sexuality or drug addictions. But not J-Law, she has stood her ground and spoken out against the pressures of society for young women, regardless of the damage to her celebrity ‘image’. She has been quoted saying to Harpers Bazaar “If anybody even tries to whisper the word “diet”, I’m like, “You can go fuck yourself”.

Her open love affair with food, especially junkfood, her witty humour and her down-to-earth approach to the life of a movie star are all parts of what has made her a celebrity crush for so many. Refreshingly, she refers to her glamorous appearance as the work of her stylist team, doesn’t shy away from the fact that her image on magazine covers and advertisements has been manipulated and that (although she loves her acting profession) there are millions of other people in the world, like doctors and firefighters, contributing to society more than she and other overly endorsed celebrities are.

Jennifer Lawrence

Why we LOVE J-Law:

When she said this about being called fat:

“I was young. It was just the kind of sh*t that actresses have to go through. 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. [Someone brought it up recently.] They thought that because of the way my career had gone, it wouldn’t still hurt me. That somehow, after I won an Oscar, I’m above it all. ‘You really still care about that?’ Yeah. I was a little girl. I was hurt. It doesn’t matter what accolades you get. I know it’ll never happen to me again.” In an interview with Harpers Bazaar UK

When she said this about the movie industry:

“Not to sound rude, but [acting] is stupid. Everybody’s like, ‘How can you remain with a level head?’ And I’m like, ‘Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.”In an interview with Vanity Fair

On taking her job as a role model for young girls seriously:

“”[Katniss] (from the Hunger Games) is this Joan of Arc that doesn’t see herself that way. She kind of grows into it. And she’s strong like a male hero with a vagina. It’s good for our 13 year olds. I probably shouldn’t have said vagina, but you get what I’m saying. Vagina! If you’ve got it, shout it.” In an interview with the Daily Beast

When she was distressed about not having time to eat before the Oscars:

“I can see the McDonalds right there. Wait, hold on, I didn’t say fries! I’m seeing you talk and all I’m seeing is me being pissed I didn’t get fries. And you have to remind them about ketchup because they never include ketchup, you have to ask for it. Cheapskates.”While being interviewed on the Oscars red carpet

When she said this about being a fashion icon:

“I really would not call myself a fashion icon. I would call myself somebody who gets dressed by professionals. [It’s like], ‘Dance, monkey, dance’ right on the red carpet.’ I would call me more of a monkey.” – to E! while promoting her latest movie Catching Fire

If you need any more reasons to justify my crush on Jennifer Lawrence or perpetuate yours, please refer to this: 61 Hilariously Honest Jennifer Lawrence Quotes That Will Make Your Day.

 

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