By Hollywood standards, Jennifer Lawrence is considered curvy, and the media celebrates the Hunger Games star for her “curvy” figure, but this is something that plus-size model Ashley Graham has taken issue with.
Graham, who has modeled for Elle and Vogue, opened up about body image during an interview with Net-a-Porter’s online magazine The Edit, where she explained that Hollywood needs to embrace and celebrate women with fuller frames.
“Jennifer Lawrence is the media’s poster girl for curves — she’s tiny,” Graham said. “There needs to be more education in schools, because that’s where eating disorders start. It’s not just about being healthy; it’s also about loving who you are.”
Graham is a size 14 and has been for the last eight years, and she is very happy with her body. In fact, it is this message of body acceptance that she is trying to convey to teens.
“I think that you can be healthy at any size and my goal is to help and educate women on that,” she explained. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a size 2 or 22 as long as you’re taking care of your body, working out and telling yourself ‘I love you’ instead of taking in the negativity of beauty standards.”
“I love you” is something Graham is definitely telling her body, as she opens up about her size, saying, “It’s not about conforming; it’s a size I feel good at. I love my body, I love my super-hourglass shape and I love showing it off.”
Lawrence might have a smaller frame than Graham, but the two stars do share a similar goal: both want to encourage women to love the skin that they’re in.