‘Plus Size’ Celebs and the Obsession with Labeling Body Types

(Image Credit: Bravo Media, LLC)

(Image Credit: Bravo Media, LLC)

Everywhere we turn, women’s bodies are being judged. Everyone is either “too skinny” or “obese,” and figures on both ends of the spectrum are “unhealthy.” This judgmental behavior has become so popular that people seem to feel the need to put a label on all shapes and sizes.

Earlier this year, Glamour magazine put out a special issue in conjunction with Lane Bryant focusing on plus-size women. The beautiful Ashley Graham graced the cover, and women such as Melissa McCarthy, Adele, and Amy Schumer were featured.

As a woman who fluctuates from sizes 6 to 8, Amy wasn’t pleased that she was featured in this particular issue. She shared a post on her Instagram page letting her fans know that she doesn’t want “[y]oung girls seeing [her] body type and thinking that [it] is plus-size.” Because if a size 6 is overweight, then what is acceptable?

Friend to the comedian, Jennifer Lawrence, spoke out in light of the controversy in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. She said that she doesn’t like that people consider her body type to be normal; she puts way too much work into her body for it to be normal, but we’re so accustomed to seeing underweight women that we think it’s the norm. This, in turn, makes us think of a normal body type as being a curvy but thin one.

Why are we so focused on judging other women? Social media makes it far too easy to do this publicly (and anonymously). If you go to any woman’s Instagram page with a large number of followers, you’re bound to see negative comments strewn about regarding her weight.

When did this become acceptable?

Another famous actress who has made it clear that she doesn’t want the focus to be on the size or shape of her body (ironically also featured in the Glamour plus-size issue) is Christina Hendricks. In an interview with the Sun-Herald, Christina’s “full-figured” body is referenced not once, but twice, and she is clearly displeased by the comment both times. Why would any highly-regarded actress want to be interviewed not about her incredible talents or current roles, but instead about her figure? Why does size matter to us so much?

In this era of body scrutiny, the lingerie company Aerie has tried to make a stand. They’ve stopped using standard “models” for their ads, and instead opt to use “real” girls. This means there are sizes being featured above a 4, stretch marks make appearances, and no airbrushing is done.

Until the real normal becomes the media’s definition of normal, it doesn’t seem girls will accept each other’s bodies or their own as being beautiful. We need to stop acting like the Kardashian waist-to-butt ratio is attainable (or like it’s anything that anyone should aim for) and start encouraging each other’s healthy, natural figures. More companies and influential media outlets need to stop allowing women to be placed into “skinny” and “fat” classifications and encourage all women to be proud of how they look, regardless of their weight.

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Unruly Women in Media: Katniss Everdeen of ‘The Hunger Games’

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in THE HUNGER GAMES (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in THE HUNGER GAMES (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

Welcome to the final installment of the Unruly Women series! Thus far, we’ve looked at women from the ‘60s, ‘90s and present day. This week, we’re jumping way ahead and analyzing everyone’s favorite futuristic heroine, Katniss Everdeen. Continue reading

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5 Celebs who don’t need crazy headlines to keep their names in lights!

Emma Watson (Image Credit: Carlos Alvarez / Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)

Emma Watson (Image Credit: Carlos Alvarez / Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)

Pop culture lovers know how tiresome it is to see reality stars and pop princesses rise to fame as their ridiculous antics and drama are splashed across the tabloids. The media eats it up, and who can blame them? The attention-seekers of the celebrity world certainly make for good gossip. The problem with that, though, is that truly talented, respectable stars get pushed aside in favor of talking over served clubbing night shanigans and *shudders* twerking. Continue reading

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My celeb family tree: Who makes the cut?

Neil Patrick Harris (Image Credit: Vagueonthehow) / Jennifer Lawrence & Peter Dinklage (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Neil Patrick Harris (Image Credit: Vagueonthehow) / Jennifer Lawrence & Peter Dinklage (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

It’s not unusual for people to sit down and fantasize which celebrities they’d love to rub shoulders with. In fact, I think almost everyone has said, “I’d love to meet (blank)! They are so awesome!!” But for me, just meeting those people wasn’t good enough. I’ve taken it upon myself to create my perfect, way-more-awesome-than-yours, dream celebrity family. Right down to my aunts and uncles; that’s right, it’s plural. Continue reading

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10 Gifs or Less: Getting to know Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence (Image Credit: Christopher Polk/WireImage)

Jennifer Lawrence (Image Credit: Christopher Polk/WireImage)

When I say Jennifer Lawrence, it’s okay if you get excited. I’d even be okay if you fangirled a little bit, because she’s just that awesome. Between her screen presence in The Hunger Games franchise and her witty comebacks in interviews with the press, it’s hard not to love her. Continue reading

When Celebs get Sassy: The Best in Celeb Interview Comebacks

Anne Hathaway (Image Credit: Mathew Imaging/WireImage)

Anne Hathaway (Image Credit: Mathew Imaging/WireImage)

When I’m excited for a new movie to be released in theaters, I’m not just excited to watch the film. A movie’s release date also brings along a string of public appearances and interviews from the actors and actresses involved. I love being able to get a glimpse of the film from the other side, to hear about what it was like on set, get a feel for the dynamic of the cast and to see what they are like in real life, as opposed to how I see them in character. For the most part, interviews are pretty standard and ask mostly the same questions (some inevitably uncomfortable ones), and therefore the celebrities respond in a similar way. So, of course, it’s always a pleasant surprise when the celebrities shake it up, responding in a way that surprises the audience. Here are a few celebrity interview comebacks that either: a) made my jaw drop, b) made me laugh out loud or c) made me want to z-snap and say, “Oooo, kill ‘em.” Continue reading

Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

5 Celebrity Best Friends That Should Be Dating

Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Avan Jogia and Victoria Justice

Co-stars on Nickelodeon’s Victorious, Avan and Victoria have proved their on-screen chemistry. But it’s the relationship that followed that showed their power-couple potential. There hasn’t been a time that they’ve been interviewed or seen together that they aren’t laughing. They tease each other, but most of all they support each other. Victoria took to Instagram to wish her dear friend a happy birthday with an awesome collage of the most adorable pictures. How cute of a couple would these young stars be?

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Colton Haynes and Lucy Hale

Oh, Colton Haynes. The heartthrob and social media comedian that more and more people are falling in love with as he rises to super-stardom. However, he’s had one good friend that he’s kept from the very early stages of his career, one that even I, a pronounced fan, would love to see him end up with: Lucy Hale. I love two people who aren’t afraid to be goofy with one another, which is definitely a great description for these two best friends. Not to mention they both have voices of angels, so I wouldn’t be opposed to an awesome duet. Colton even covered Lucy’s debut song, and she took to Twitter to express her love for him. Can you be like, IN love, please?

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Zac Efron and Taylor Swift

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard of any connections with both of these stars, which is pretty ideal for Zac Efron, but not so much for Taylor Swift. When they worked on The Lorax together, Ellen DeGeneres was the first to ask the question in all of our heads: Are you guys dating? They denied it, of course, and the rumors died down, but a picture surfaced on Zac’s Twitter from his last appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that gives me hope for these two of rekindling the romance that never was. We see gorgeous Zac with a guitar in hand, posted against a picture of him and Taylor with a caption that reads, “Wish you were here.” Uhm, what? They would undoubtedly be a power couple (just don’t go writing any mean songs about my boy Zac, Taylor).

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Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence

I wish I could hold a big, neon, blinking sign at these two that says, “WHY AREN’T YOU DATING?” They have more chemistry off-screen than they do on-screen playing Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Every interview they do together they naturally play off one another, joke with one another and show so much evident affection. They are absolutely best friends, but I think, and I know I’m not alone in this desire, that they should be more than that. Come on guys, you could be the younger, funnier version of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The world needs that celebrity couple to gawk over, and I will not be satisfied until it’s the two of you. 

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet

And finally, the most adorable and simultaneously frustrating friendship that every girl has envied since 1997: Leo and Kate. Since they worked together on Titanic, the two have been proclaimed and inseparable best friends. They attend events together. They gush about each other in interviews. They laugh together, they cry together and…basically, they do everything a couple would do together. Only they aren’t a couple. Please, tell me why? Kate is seemingly the only woman to have a lasting effect on Leo. I’m still so confused as to why they haven’t moved in a romantic direction and will be pulling for them until the day I die. Jack and Rose forever!

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Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (Imagr Credit: Murray Close / Lionsgate)

5 ways ‘Catching Fire’ will outdo its predecessor!

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (Imagr Credit: Murray Close / Lionsgate)

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (Imagr Credit: Murray Close / Lionsgate)

On November 22, the world will be watching the big screen as Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark once again face the Capitol of Panem in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire follows our two victors as they become targets of the vicious Capitol in the 75th Annual Hunger Games, fresh off their win from the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Check out the list below to see why the sequel will best its excellent predecessor. Continue reading

Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson at the Los Angeles Premiere of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

All the details from ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ L.A. Premeire!

Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson at the Los Angeles Premiere of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson at the Los Angeles Premiere of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

Last night, fans from around the world got an exclusive look at the red carpet from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere. The star-studded event included the popular trio of Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne) and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), and also Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) and Donald Sutherland (President Snow). Continue reading

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Why 2013 is Jennifer Lawrence’s Best Year Yet!

Jennifer Lawrence (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Jennifer Lawrence (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

A couple years ago, a young actress caught my attention in what would become one of my favorite movies, Like Crazy. Although she played a small part in this indie flick, she had something special that brought a fictional character into reality. Little did I know that this blonde beauty would go on to become America’s Sweetheart (or at least in my eyes she deserves that title) and a household name.

Dubbed as the ‘Girl on Fire,’ Jennifer Lawrence has taken 2013 by storm and she doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. With numerous appearances in television shows, indie flicks, and now blockbuster films, JLaw has worked her way up to her best year yet, 2013. Continue reading

5 Things we learned from ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Comic-Con panel!

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

Actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Lenny Kravitz, Willow Shields, and Jeffery Wright, along with director Francis Lawrence, headed a panel at San Diego Comic-Con to talk to fans and premier a new trailer for the upcoming installment in The Hunger Games film franchise: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Keep reading to find out five things we learned from their panel! Continue reading

5 Reasons… I Want To Be Friends With Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence (Image Credit: Crestock)

Jennifer Lawrence (Image Credit: Crestock)

There are many celebrities that I would love to meet someday. I would be beyond happy if I ran into Jason Segel, David Tennant, Alexis Bledel or Tina Fey on the street somewhere. But there is one celeb who I wish I could be friends with to an almost ridiculous degree.

Jennifer Lawrence, star of the Hunger Games movies, Silver Linings Playbook, and many other hugely successful films, is my ultimate celebrity friend crush. Check out the list below to find out why! Continue reading

The 85th Academy Awards: Who won the Oscars?

Silver Linings Playbook

Jennifer Lawerence as Tiffany in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (Image Credit: © 2012 – The Weinstein Company)

Actresses were dripping in diamonds, actors were spiffy in tuxes and Seth MacFarlane did not disappoint. The Family Guy creator was on cue all night. His singing was bearable and his jokes hilarious. The night’s theme was music in motion pictures with a special performance by powerhouse vocalist Adele who won a statue for her original song, “Skyfall.” Continue reading