I love women. I think they are beautiful. Their bodies, their hair, their skin, their smiles, their laughs, their kindness. Unfortunately, that list stops a lot earlier for many people.
I saw the Hunger Games for the second time last week and I was stuck with how beautiful Jennifer Lawrence is on screen (and she can act better than with her little pinky toe than most other actors in Hollywood right now but I digress). What shocked me most was the scenes in which I found her most stunning. There are several scenes at the beginning where she is dolled up with perfect clothes, hair and make-up. Obviously, I noticed she was attractive, but it wasn’t until the scene when she’s going off to the arena when I was truly stunned.
You may stop me here and say, “Kim, you’re a lesbian. Of course, you found that most attractive.”
I happened to be sitting next to a guy and when she came out with those khaki pants and black shirt, I turned to him to make a comment and he nodded fervently in agreement.
I didn’t know much about Jennifer Lawrence before her role as Katniss. I’ve seen A Winter’s Bone, but only recently. I was first hearing her name in the 2011 Academy Awards, where she also looked stunning.
With any celebrity I’m interested in, I did a quick Google search to learn more. I was strangely appalled to come across these pictures.
It’s nothing against Jennifer Lawrence and her decisions but I had really hoped I wouldn’t stumble across the obligatory bikini pictures. As with most attractive females in Hollywood, Jennifer Lawrence did a photo shoot for a men’s magazine. What’s so bad about that?
I’d like to be totally and completely infatuated with an actress without her ass and breasts being plastered all over the place. That just boils her down to an ass and a pair of breasts. Do you really think that many men bothered to read the article attached to these photos? No. And why should they? What else is she to them?
America has a tendency to boil a female down to her looks. We sexify her and present her to the world. It makes no difference that Jennifer Lawrence kicks ass in the Hunger Games and if she were played by a male lead, would be on her way to becoming the next best action star. What matters most is that she can be a sexual fantasy.
I recently read two articles that probably got me thinking on the subject. The first, Ashley Judd defends her “puffy face” and the second is titled Dear Daughter. They both say it all better than I can.
The point is that Jennifer Lawrence is a strong, talented and yes, attractive individual who has a lot to offer. I really hope that she knows she’s worth a whole lot more than those photos. As she rises to fame, I sincerely hope she handles it with grace (sorry Kristen Stewart), class (that’s not you Vanessa Hudgens) and sanity (I love you Britney Spears).