Jennifer Lawrence shared some unsettling stories about her early days in the Hollywood film industry on Monday night.
The biggest female names in the industry gathered on Monday night to celebrate their achievements in entertainment.
Oscar Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, 27, spoke out at the ELLE’s Women Hollywood event after hearing about the allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
In her speech, Jennifer said she was forced to lose weight in the early days of her career. She spoke about the need to protect young females in the industry.
The star explained how she had been objectified and humiliated from a teen. Despite reaching out to colleagues about the unrealistic expectations against young girls she became to accept the harsh truth of the business.
During her time on stage Lawrence specifically talked about an experience in a film where young females were judged on their weight. “One girl before me had already been fired for not losing enough weight fast enough,” she told an audience including Kristen Stewart, Margot Robbie and Ashley Greene.
The actress, who won an Oscar in 2013 for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, told the audience about auditioning for a film and being asked by a female producer to stand in a nude line-up. She was put next to girls she says were thinner than her.
In J-Law’s next horror story explained how producers seemed insensitive to any objections she made. She dealt with harassment in order to pursue her career.
‘I asked to speak to a producer about the unrealistic diet regime and he responded by telling me he didn’t know why everyone thought I was so fat, he thought I was perfectly”f***able,”” said Lawrence.
— Carly Mallenbaum (@ThatGirlCarly) October 17, 2017
Many other famous faces spoke up at the ELLE event about the need to protect women. Reese Witherspoon, Kirsten Stewart and Laura Dern also spoke about their degrading experiences at the event.
“Every human being should have the power to be treated with respect because they’re human.” – Jennifer Lawrence #ELLEWIH
— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) October 17, 2017
ELLE tweeted throughout the day celebrating the strength and support at the event.
Lawrence explained how she has now found a way of creating representations she is happy with in her films.
Jennifer added how she trained hard for The Hunger Games Films. She didn’t want young girls skipping meals to look like Katniss. It was important to her to look healthy and strong.
“I will lend my voice to any boy, girl, man or woman who doesn’t feel like they can protect themselves”, Jen announced.
Lawrence is known for speaking her mind, but on this occasion she had many others behind her.
Recent allegations have put on the limelight on the need to stop normalising these situations and support anyone who is harassed in the media industry.