Submitted by Volunteer Christine Hanwick –
The media has been calling actress, Jennifer Lawrence fat. Huh? Have you seen Jennifer Lawrence? According to the University of Washington, at 5’9, 135 lbs., Lawrence isn’t overweight — she’s on the low end of normal (source).
Have you heard of Robyn Lawley? She’s an Australian-born model, and at 6’2 and a size 12, she’s considered to be a plus-sized. Have you seen Robyn Lawley? She looks healthy, thin, but not plus-sized (whatever that means, anyway).
What do these two women have in common? They’ve both been talking publicly about loving their bodies instead of trying to live up to unrealistic ideals.
Lawrence recently told Newsnight that she refuses to lose weight for acting roles. This inspiring young actress said, “We have the ability to control this image that young girls are going to be seeing. They see enough of this body that they will never be able to obtain and it’s an amazing opportunity to rid ourselves of that in this industry” (source).
Lawley has similar views as a model. She was recently on Ellen, and said although she’s considered a plus-sized model, she’s “dismissive of the plus-size title.” She believes that no matter their shape or size, women in her industry “should just be called models.” She’s also calling for catwalks to “feature women of more sizes and a wider age range” (source).
How is it that these women have been able to take the scrutiny from their industries in stride? They’ve learned to love their bodies just as they are.
Lawley said that loving her body had not always been easy, especially when she felt pressure to be thinner as a younger model. But after a long period of making “I love my body,” her manta, she says, like a “rebound effect” it became true (source).
We all come in different shapes and sizes and these will continually change over time. So for ourselves and the young girls of tomorrow — let’s learn to love our bodies.