Jennifer Lawrence has called on Hollywood to embrace a “new normal” for female body types in a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine. Lawrence suggested that society had become so used to extremely thin frames that women who should be considered perfectly healthy believe that they are overweight.
“I would like us to make a new normal body type,” she said. “Everyone says: ‘We love that there is somebody with a normal body!’ And 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.”
She continued, stating, “I think we’ve gotten so used to [seeing] underweight [bodies], that when you are a normal weight, it’s like: ‘Oh, my God, she’s curvy.”
Lawrence additionally addressed the media storm that erupted over her essay on gender pay disparity, which was published in her friend Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter. She said, “I had no idea it was going to blow up like that. And I obviously only absorbed the negative. I didn’t pay attention to the positive feedback.”
As much as you might not like Jennifer Lawrence, this is certainly a conversation we need to be having. Many people look to celebrities as prime examples of what an “ideal body” looks like. We need to be educating ourselves and others on the importance of being healthy and understanding that “healthy” comes in all shapes and sizes.
We also need to be paying men and women equally for the same work, period.