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 Don‘t 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.
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore