It’s no secret that Hollywood is dominated by the ultra-thin and the hyper-glamorous. But according to Jennifer Lawrence, this image is far from reality.
ELLE reports that the Joy actress sat down with Harper’s Bazaar for an interview accompanying her May 2016 cover, and said that we have grown accustomed to seeing “the underweight” and deeming it normal.
She used her own body as an example. “Everybody says [to me], ‘We love that there is somebody with a normal body!’ … I’m like, ‘I don’t feel like I have a normal body.’ I do Pilates every day. I eat, but I work out a lot more than a normal person. I think we’ve gotten so used to underweight that when you are a normal weight it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, she’s curvy.’ Which is crazy.”
Because of this, Lawrence argued that Hollywood’s standard of “normal” needs to be redefined. “The bare minimum, just for me, would be to up the ante,” she said, according to ELLE. “At least so I don’t feel like the fattest one.”
With such skewed standards of normalcy, Lawrence’s point proves that much work needs to be done to create an accurate, yet unrestricted definition of beauty that celebrates all shapes, sizes and ethnicities.