Jennifer Lawrence: Fit & Strong
On Tuesday, I wrote an article for The Guardian in response to Jennifer Lawrence‘s comments in a recent interview that she wants to be fit and strong. Knowing the stance I take on female body image and exercise on this site, The Guardian asked me to write a few words on it.
I’m not into celebrity culture myself, but I do think it’s a pretty powerful thing for Lawrence to have said in these times where so many Hollywood stars are encouraged to lose weight, often in an unhealthy way. To have someone not only say they refuse to do that but that they want to be fit and strong I think is a pretty great thing.
I could wax lyrical about this topic, alas, I had a pretty tight word count for the piece so couldn’t cover all the angles of it that I would ordinarily. I think anyone who reads this site regularly knows the message I try to get out there. It felt a bit strange as a blogger going ‘mainstream’ for the day, but I think it’s so important that we get this message of empowering women through exercise and embracing our full sweaty glory.
I thought I’d post the link here in case any of you are interested in reading it. Let me know what you think. Will Lawrence’s words have an impact? Is even mentioning body type too sensitive an issue at this point? What say ye?