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As if we needed another reason to love Jennifer Lawrence — here's the latest reminder of why she's our fantasy best friend. She nailed down the perfect response for Hollywood industry crazies who try to control her weight.
"If anybody even tries to whisper the word 'diet,'" she said in the November issue of Harper's Bazaar UK. , "I'm like, 'You can go f--k yourself."
Boom. J.Lawr wins again. Still, it wasn't always that easy. “I was young," recounted the 23-year-old, of her early run-ins with industry people who tried to get her to lose weight. "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."
The incident recently resurfaced, and it still stung. "[Someone brought up] 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."
We'd like to think that was an isolated incident, but unfortunately, J. Lawr's body's been heavily scrutinized by film critics, too. In a 2012 review of The Hunger Games, the New York Times' Manhola Dargis wrote: "A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission." Backhanded body-shaming or critical observation? One thing is clear: J. Lawr is challenging Hollywood's dusty-old expectations for leading ladies that's a good thing. Anyone who disagrees should talk to Lawrence. She'll probably have five words for you.