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6 Lessons Women Can Learn From Jennifer Lawrence

6 Lessons Women Can Learn From Jennifer Lawrence

What is it about Jennifer Lawrence that people, women in particular, love so much?

Is it her kick-ass movie roles? Her down-to-earth personality? The way she calls it like it is? The fact that she quoted one of the best movies ever when accepting her Golden Globe?

All good answers, yes, but maybe it’s that after every interview she gives we walk away schooled on how to be just a little bit more awesome.

Here are 6 lessons every woman can learn from the beloved Jennifer Lawrence.

Lesson #1: You Dont Need to Take Your Clothes Off to Be Sexy

Unlike some other starlets, Lawrence doesn’t fall prey to the Hollywood tradition that sex sells. In fact, Lawrence finds the whole thing rather gross. When asked about the sexualization of young women in Hollywood she said: “It’s definitely something that is a part of the entertainment industry. Sex sells and for some disgusting reasons young sex sells even more.”

I think pointing this out, and not falling prey to the practice, is far sexier than anything else.

Lesson #2: Keep it Classy

Despite some pretty obvious attempts by BBC Newsnight’s Zoe Conway to get Lawrence to dish on Miley Cyrus and recent criticism about her Video Music Awards performance, she doesn’t take the bait.

Instead she tactfully replies: “I feel like everybody’s kind of got their own path and way of finding themselves and for some people that’s how they feel best, that’s how they feel sexy, that’s how they want to perform… I’m just saying to each their own.”

Lesson #3: Build Each Other Up, Not Down

What do Madeleine Albright and Jennifer Lawrence have in common?

They both believe, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

In a recent interview with Access Hollywood, Lawrence explains her frustration with women who don’t support one another:

When girls are just mean to each other. I think that we’re just so unsupportive… I think that women who aren’t supportive of other women is what makes me most angry.”

So who’s to blame?

“I think the media does turn a blind eye to the responsibility we have to set a good example for how we talk to each other and relate to each other,” Lawrence said.

Lesson #4: Be a Role Model for Young Girls

Being in the spotlight comes with a great deal of responsibility, something that Lawrence takes seriously. In fact, she says she makes “conscious decisions” to be a role model when it comes to her young audiences.

“Young girls are looking at you and listening to what you are saying and so you just have to decide, ‘what do I want the younger generation to hear?’”

That’s why Lawrence has taken on roles like Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games series.

“Katniss is a very good role model. She’s strong and not afraid to stand up for what’s right even when it’s scary.”

Lesson #5: Real Women Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

Lawrence has been known to get real about body image in Hollywood time and time again. Most recently in an interview with Yahoo! she said:

The world has this certain idea of an airbrushed perfect model…You have to see past it. You look how you look you have to be comfortable. What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb.

These unrealistic expectations are especially dangerous for young girls, says Lawrence:

I think it’s really important for girls to have people to look up to and to feel good about themselves. I’m never going to starve myself for a part. I don’t want little girls to be like, “Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner.” That’s something that I was really conscious of during training… I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed.

Lesson #6: Be Kind, Rewind

When Lawrence spotted a crying fan at the premiere of the Hunger Games: Catching Fire in London she stopped everything to go console her.

Check out the footage of what happened here.

The young girl suffers from a disease which makes the joints of her body weaker, her nerves less effective and gives her problems with the way her heart and lungs work together. She was there as part of a make-a-wish type project. Her wish, unbeknownst to Lawrence, was to meet her.

She got to meet her alright. She got an autograph, a picture and, best of all, a hug.

It’s moments like these that make us all want to meet Jennifer Lawrence and cuddle up with her on a couch to eat popcorn and watch the First Wives Club together. Or maybe that’s just me.

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10:52PM PST on Dec 31, 2013

It's really great to see someone who uses their fame for good. Jennifer Lawrence is really down to earth and cares about the average person (jo blow as we say in Australia) and I think that is really great.

11:50PM PST on Nov 30, 2013

I told my friend, before we went for the movie, that some people say that Lawrence is out-of-shape, sets a bad example to the audience, and should not be playing the role of Katniss.

Her very appalled reply: "Fat? Who would say she's fat? How is she fat? She's exactly how she is!"

1:31AM PST on Nov 22, 2013

As a young woman in the entertainment industry she is well aware that other young girls will copy her and follow her - especially the way she dresses & behaves in front of the cameras

i think it takes a lot of courage and guts to say the things she has been saying to the media, Not only is she a fantastic actress, she is also a truly great inspiration to all young girls!

4:16AM PST on Nov 21, 2013

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8:59AM PST on Nov 20, 2013

Hmmm, I think a fanatic wrote this article rather than an admirer.

11:00AM PST on Nov 19, 2013

A beautiful, intelligent young woman!

2:32AM PST on Nov 19, 2013

Are you kidding? I thought that she looks as close to naked in the X-Men film; as you could possibly get! Not a lot hiding there. Mystique is as sexy and as naked as it gets

3:45PM PST on Nov 18, 2013

I absolutely detest STUPID articles such as this....'women love Jennifer Lawrence'? Says who? I personally don't give the woman a thought, any day of the week. I take my 'examples' from those I meet, good & bad. Hopefully I am also an example to younger women around me.

What a waste of server space this so-called 'article' is. Like something out of a teenybopper's diary…

2:35PM PST on Nov 18, 2013

She has a lot of common sense. And talent!

12:50PM PST on Nov 18, 2013

Thank you.

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