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“I would like us to make a new normal-body type”: Jennifer Lawrence criticises Hollywood's beauty ideals

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Harriet Hall
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It’s been a bit of a week for the female body.

We’ve had a fashion advert banned for including “unhealthily thin” models and Amy Schumer criticise a magazine for referring to her as “plus size”.

Now, Jennifer Lawrence, 25, has spoken out about how it’s time we all put an end to these impossible beauty standards, and come up with a “new normal.”

Making the comments in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the Hunger Games star said that we have become so used to seeing a certain body type in Hollywood, that women with healthy bodies are considered ‘curvy’.

“I would like us to make a new normal-body type,” she says.

“Everybody says, 'We love that there is somebody with a normal body!' And I'm like, 'I don't feel like I have a normal body.' I do Pilates every day. I eat, but I work out a lot more than a normal person. I think we've gotten so used to underweight that when you are a normal weight it's like, 'Oh, my God, she's curvy.' Which is crazy. The bare minimum, just for me, would be to up the ante.”

“At least so I don't feel like the fattest one.”

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Jennifer Larence in her 'Plan B' dress at the Golden Globes

The star says she won’t alter her body when it comes to dressing for red carpet events. She recalls the dress she wore to this year's Golden Globes and saying it was actually her second choice of outfit, but she changed last minute because she was feeling bloated:

“Plan A was a dress that I couldn't wear because awards season is synced with my menstrual cycle, and it has been for years.”

The Oscar-winner opted for the red dress because, “it was loose at the front. And I didn’t have to worry about sucking anything in.

“The other dress was really tight, and I’m not going to suck in my uterus. I don’t have to do that.”

Lawrence also discussed her Lenny Letter essay, in which she discussed the Hollywood gender pay gap, saying:

“I had no idea it was going to blow up like that.

“And I obviously only absorbed the negative. I didn't pay any attention to the positive feedback.”

“But,” she continues, “really, people who criticised it are people who think women should not be paid the same as men. So I don't really care what those people think.”