Jennifer Lawrence: I was placed in 'nude lineup,' told to lose weight

Lawrence Kim
October 17, 2017

Lawrence, one of eight honorees at the event, said when she was just at the beginning of her acting career, she was told by a producer on a film she was working on to "lose 15 pounds in two weeks".

Ms Lawrence claimed another actress was sacked from the role for not dropping the weight quick enough.

"During Monday night's Elle Women in Hollywood event, Jennifer Lawrence opened up about her own personal experience with sexual harassment early in her career-something she called "humiliating" and degrading".

"Like so many young actors and actresses", Lawrence explained, "I couldn't have got a producer or director or studio head fired; I let my self be treated a certain way because I felt like I had to for my career".

"And, during this time, a female producer had me do a nude lineup with about five women who were much, much thinner than me". After this scene, a particularly humiliating, the producer has pointed the finger at the silhouette of the actress: " She told me that I had to use these pictures of me to control my diet.

"He said he didn't know why everyone thought I was so fat, he thought I was 'perfectly f**kable, '" she recalled.

Torn between wanting to establish a career and defend herself against prevailing misogyny, Jennifer found herself in a supremely hard position - something she went on to address during her speech.

She also sheds light on what happened when she tried to stand up for herself and deemed the weight loss requirements as inappropriate. A girl before me had already been recalée because she had not lost enough weight.

"Every human being should have the power to be treated with respect because they're human", the Oscar-winning actress added, echoing the sentiment of dozens of women who came forward in recent weeks to accuse Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

"I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations", she said in a statement to People.

Fighting back tears, she added: "In a ideal world, every human being should have the power to be treated with respect because they're human". "This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting", she had said at that time.

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