Lena Dunham, Jennifer Lawrence Speak Out About Feminism, Body Standards: ‘Fashion Should Be for All Women’



There have been huge strides of late in terms of redefining the modern standard for women’s bodies: On the healthiest side of the spectrum, Ashley Graham was Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue cover model this year (and though people cried Photoshop, the model denied it); on the other side, it’s less cool to appear as though you don’t eat in Hollywood these days—the onetime ubiquitous skeletal starlet has been overrun by the curvy Instagram sexpot—but society still idealizes thinness as the gold standard for women’s bodies, and Lena Dunham and Jennifer Lawrence are officially over it.

Last night, Dunham told People that she thinks we should do away “plus-size” designations. “I think fashion should be for … all women,” she said at The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Most Powerful People in Media event, where she was given a nod. “We did an interview recently on Lenny with Beth Ditto who just launched a line that’s technically plus-sized but what she really cares about is just putting women in clothes they can feel good about because so often we’ve assumed women who aren’t size zeros just want to put themselves in a tent.” Preach.

Meanwhile, Lawrence “would like us to make a new normal-body type,” one that is not so slender, she told Harper’s Bazaar in an interview published today. Though she has been applauded for her “normal” or “average” body, she was quick to point out that she is anything but, and the fact that people think she qualifies as “curvy” is actually kind of alarming. “Everybody says, ‘We love that there’s somebody with a normal body!'” she said. “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.”

But the whole thou-shalt-be-thin thing has infiltrated every aspect of modern life, and Lawrence isn’t immune to it, even as she’s soap-boxing. “The bare minimum, just for me, would be to up the ante” and place less pressure on women to be thin, she says. And then she adds, tellingly, “At least so I don’t feel like the fattest one.” Yep, so even as she’s railing against the whole thing, she is perpetuating the current conventional image of women’s beauty. Sneaky.