Jennifer Lawrence is hailed for her athletic good looks but doesn't believe in starvation diets. While Lawrence is a bona fide Hollywood A-lister now, it wasn't long ago that she was fat-shamed by film executives and pressured to lose weight.
"Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight," Lawrence told UK Harper's Bazaar Oct. 2. "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 the kind of sh*t that actresses have to go through."
While she jumped through the necessary hoops as a budding actress, the Oscar winner says she will never allow herself to be weight-bullied again.
"I was a little girl. I was hurt," said Jennifer, 23. "It doesn’t matter what accolades you get. I know it’ll never happen to me again. If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet,’ I’m like, ‘You can go f*ck yourself.’ "
Lawrence said the criticism of her body and weight was especially painful because of how young and impressionable she was. As a result, the 5-foot-7 blonde beauty tries to be a positive fitness role model for her young fans by staying healthy and not caving in to the intense pressure to get super-skinny.
Lawrence became an international star after being cast as Katniss Everdeen in the blockbuster "Hunger Games" trilogy. While she has received raves for her stirring performance, Jennifer was criticized as too thick for the role of Katniss by New York Times movie reviewer Manohla Dargis.
Dargis wrote in March 2012: "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."
Lawrence said it is these types of comments and its influence on the perpetuation of size-zero celebrities that foster an unhealthy body image that damages young women's self-esteem. Jennifer refuses to buckle under to this type of pressure.
"I'm never going to starve myself for a part," she said. "I don't want little girls to be like, 'Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner.' I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong — not thin and underfed."