Okay, I don’t really know where to start… Yesterday I finished reading the Hunger Games books and I didn’t really know what to think of it; I guess I’m disappointed that they are going to be splitting it into two films like they do with everything now (well done HP) but I feel that they will be able to convey the amount of action there is in the two films to stop us getting bored. Anyhow, all I know is that I came away feeling that Jennifer Lawrence was definitely the best person to play the part of Katniss Everdeen; she’s fun, gorgeous and doesn’t change herself for no one, I absolutely love her and feel that she deserved to be recognised as a top actress. It must’ve come as quite a shock to suddenly be the lady that every woman wants to be and every man wants to have, after she played her role from the hit book series ‘The Hunger Games’; she had been in a few big screen films beforehand such as ‘X-Men: First Class’ as Raven/Mystique but she didn’t get the recognition for her talents and beautiful personality until she became Katniss. Let’s just show you how amazingly gorgeous she is:
Just check her out!! Isn’t she gorgeous? She has a gorgeous complexion with unique yet beautifully defined features and a body to die for; most people in the industry would probably consider her a unique woman compared to the many other women in her line of business since she doesn’t have cosmetically enhanced breasts and isn’t STICK THIN. That’s right, take a good long look at those healthy yet voluptuous curves that are 100% natural; she’s in no way fat, her body is lean and her stomach flat, but she isn’t showing off her ribcage! She said that in her industry she is considered ‘obese’ but refuses to diet; she said that she would never starve herself for a part, and would never want girls to think that in order to look like Katniss they would need to skip dinner. She said that she refused to lose weight for the part of Katniss, and instead wanted to train hard so that her body looked ‘fit and strong, not thin and underfed’.
Such a brilliant role model; it wasn’t that long ago that there was a lot of argument over the weight of models who were walking the cat walk stick thin, you’d think the aircon would blow them off the runway.
The young lady above, I’m pretty sure, won a season of ‘America’s Next Top Model’; she was always on the skinny side, but was no where near as skinny as this when she won the show (I think her name was Jasline, or something to that effect). She probably became this skinny when hired by top modelling agencies, who during that time were looking for what they thought were super skinny models, when actually they were hiring girls suffering unknown cases of anorexia. This of course was eventually realised that this is not what any human, let alone beautiful, young women, should look like, and so it was banned that angencies were not allowed to use models with signs of anorexia.
THANK GOD. Unfortunately, they still can’t seem to let go of the idea that a model should be stick thin (although they at least should have enough fat and muscle to prevent their bones from protruding), and many models still get told they need to tone up and lose 10 pounds first; and so people like Jennifer Lawrence are considered obese, and young girls still get caught in the trap of anorexia as they try to achieve this skinny look.
This is a photo of a Victoria Secret model from 2013; please be thankful that she has some curves, she’s still skinny but not to the point that you think she might collapse of starvation. This photo also reminded me that unfortunately, another recent obsession is having a thigh-gap; I heard that this term has actually been banned on some fitness search forums! How can girls hope to achieve a beautiful, curvaceous body whilst trying to be as skinny as possible?? It’s all about toning and working out!! You can’t have a super skinny body AND these curves, you need fat and muscle in the right places to achieve it, so many girls have got it wrong!!
I still don’t understand why modelling agencies insist you be super skinny in order for the women to want to look like you, and the men to want to have you; I’m pretty sure that most of the comments I have read from guys and even having spoken to guys, that the majority of men would like to have a curvy women, someone they can hold with a handful of breast being enough. Would you not prefer your daughter to grow up looking more like this?? To grow up looking healthy?? Or to look like this??
I know who I’d rather look like for sure!! A few years ago I used to be just 6 and a half stone, for my height it wasn’t too bad as I’m only 4ft 11″ but was still in the underweight zone; when I started my job in an office, my weight shot up to 8 stone as I grazed throughout the day and ate, what I thought was healthy, a full fruit smoothie alongside a sandwich and packet of crisps for lunch. At first I was so happy, no longer did I feel like my bf would be holding a child’s body but a woman’s; I grew into my curvy, wide hips that I inherited from my mum, my breasts also increased (although only just T_T) and so did my bottom and thighs. I felt amazing because I felt like a curvy woman, however it wasn’t long before I realised that I didn’t care much for the many bulges spilling over the top of my trousers, and the fact that I had gone up 2 trouser sizes just to fit my hips in.
Since then I have dropped a stone by eating only my 3 meals a day, not snacking at all and drinking green or spearmint tea to curb the hunger until my next meal time (if I am that hungry then I will have a piece of fruit). I am still curvy, I still have a small amount of stomach fat that I wish to slim down some more through exercise, and my hips are still big though I have dropped back down to my original size 6-8. I have reached a point where I am skinny enough to be in small sizes (though not so skinny that fitting into XS women sized clothing was extremely difficult, making shopping a nightmare and a confidence issue), but still curvy with a women’s hourglass figure. I bet most girls would die for my body, just like I would die for Jennifer’s ( I probably can achieve her body image with some more toning); I watch a lot of K-Dramas and being a huge fan of South Korean women, I am plagued by what they believe is the most wanted look on a woman and this too includes a skinny yet toned body. I should be more thankful for what I have, so I am going to take a leaf out of Jennifer’s book and embrace my wide hips, my curvy figure and plump bum, tone up some more and enjoy looking healthy!! In a weeks time, I’m going to go to a spa with my friends; I purchased a one-piece swimsuit online and I’ve never worn something as revealing as a swimsuit in front of friends since I was 10 years old and had to go to swimming classes in school. Now I’m super happy, and probably more body confident than most girls out there, I can’t wait!!
Thank you Jennifer, any last words for my audience?
So Jennifer Lawrence says ‘f**k off’ to diets!! She’s happy the way she is, unwilling to change and makes up for her ‘obesity’ by her extraordinary talents as an actress; you’ve gotta love her for her fantastic personality and sense of humour if nothing else!!
Check out her amazing personality in this video of short interview clips; how could you not love her?? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-By3iAFFS8
Note: I apologise if I offend anyone, especially anyone who has suffered or is suffering any weight issues such as anorexia or obesity; this is not my intention at all, I just wanted to share my opinion that the media portrays the majority of women as being this one type of beauty. Many women try to achieve this look and unfortunately many get caught in a trap of anorexia which used to be a major issue when modelling agencies were using anorexic models. Fortunately there has been a decrease in the number of anorexia cases since this was banned, but many women are still struggling with anorexia from trying to achieve the (still) skinny look models have. I just wanted to share Jennifer Lawrence as my new inspiration and body idol, as someone who does not agree with this expectation from women in order to be beautiful, as I have recently been judging myself lately when now I realise that there is nothing wrong with my body that a little bit of exercise couldn’t fix. I think everyone should take a good look at the unrealistic expectations that media present to women and their confidence, and deeply consider if they really need to change their look so drastically just to be considered beautiful. Thank you.