Jennifer Lawrence Covers ‘Harper’s Bazaar,’ Talks Body Image, Feminism, Hollywood Sexism

April 9, 2016

Jennifer Lawrence graces the cover of Harper’s Bazaar and opens up about body image, the gender pay gap in Hollywood, her views on feminism and more. As always, the Oscar winner’s outspokenness and candor are drawing notice. Find out what’s making the headlines this time around.

 Jennifer Lawrence

While she’s stunning on the cover and in the inside photos, as always, the story is also just as luminous. Jennifer Lawrence, who’s recently nabbed at Golden Globe for her portrayal of entrepreneur Joy Manago in the David O. Russell biopic ‘Joy,’ is also returning to the superhero realm as well, in the forthcoming ‘X-Men:

Among the topics she addressed, the perennial body image. She told Harper’s Bazaar, “I would like us to make a new normal-body type. Everybody 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.”

She went on to speak about her fitness routine, and said, “I do Pilates every day. I eat, but I work out a lot more than a normal person.”

Continuing, she added, “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. The bare minimum, just for me, would be to up the ante. At least so I don’t feel like the fattest one.”

Lawrence was also candid on why she wore a loose-fitting red Dior floor-length gown at the Golden Globe Awards. While the dress would hardly be mistaken for the classic body-concealing coverup, caftan or moo moo, it wasn’t as figure hugging as some of her other more daring red-carpet looks.

With her typical candor, she told the publication, “That was my plan-B dress. Plan A was a dress that I couldn’t wear because awards season is synced with my menstrual cycle, and it has been for years.”

She said of her choice, “It was loose at the front. And I didn’t have to worry about sucking anything in. The other dress was really tight, and I’m not going to suck in my uterus. I don’t have to do that.’

She also spoke out about the reaction her essay — published in Lena Dunham’s ‘Lenny’ newsletter — on the gender-pay gap in Hollywood as received. She said, “I had no idea it was going to blow up like that.”

She went on to say, “And I obviously only absorbed the negative. I didn’t pay any attention to the positive feedback.” She added, ” But, really, people who criticized it are people who think women should not be paid the same as men. So I don’t really care what those people think.”

She also opened up about feminism, and said, “I don’t know why that word is so scary to people; it shouldn’t be, because it just means equality. If we are moving forward in a society, you are feeling stronger as a woman, and you want to be taken more seriously.”

Continuing, she added, “You don’t have to take away the wonderful traits that come with being a woman: We are sensitive. We are pleasers. We’re empathetic. All those things that can keep you from asking for what you want or making mistakes.”

And with that, Lawrence becomes the latest celebrity to weigh in on the “scary” concept and as such, what she has said has been widely quoted and dissected which, of course, contributes to the scariness of it all, to have one’s words scrutinized so extensively. Perhaps as more and celebrities speak out, the lure of dissecting will dissipate and media and social media will find something else to obsess about!

You can see the full interview here and check out Jennifer Lawrence’s Harper’s Bazaar cover and inside photos below!

Pictures: PR Photos

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