While giving a speech at Elle's Women in Hollywood event, Jennifer Lawrence told a deeply upsetting story about her early career as an actress, saying that she was asked to participate in a "naked line up" where her body was judged and analyzed. She called the experience "humiliating."
“When I was much younger and starting out, I was told by producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks,” she said (via People (opens in new tab)). “During this time a female producer had me do a nude line-up with about five women who were much, much, thinner than me," she continued. "We are stood side-by-side with only tape on covering our privates...After that degrading and humiliating line-up, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet.”
More disturbingly, when Lawrence told a producer about her concerns, he said that he "didn’t know why everyone thought I was so fat, he thought I was 'perfectly f*ckable.'"
Even now, Lawrence says she's still learning that she doesn't have to "smile when a man makes me uncomfortable." She added: "Every human being should have the power to be treated with respect because they’re human."
Are you listening, Hollywood? Because you should be.
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Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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