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Fired Up: 3 Hunger Games Stars Talk Body Image

By Kaitlyn Oberg--Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey, Divergent—the litany of blockbuster movies that have come out over the past couple of years have featured women in compromising positions. These films put young women in the spotlight with little to no regard for their personal self esteems. As with anything, when these actresses were thrust into positions of fame, they were also put on pedestals, their bodies turned into objects for young women and girls to emulate. The Hunger Games stars have also been victims of this media circus, but they have been the most active in speaking out against media injustices.

With Mockingjay Part 2 coming out right now, stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Amandla Stenberg have a great presence in the media, and they have been doing a fantastic job of encouraging body-positive messages for young girls.

Here are three fierce women from The Hunger Games trilogy absolutely killing it when it comes to promoting body positivity in the media!

1. Jennifer Lawrence

Of course, by now a lot of us know just how impactful Lawrence has been on mainstream media’s perception of body image, her quips and quotes all designed to help highlight the negativity in the conversations surrounding celebrities’ bodies. Lawrence, who has been quoted as saying "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'” knows exactly what effect this culture has on younger girls, and is actively working to prevent that, and for that, we think she’s pretty darn cool.

2. Amandla Stenberg 

Moving away from the typical conversation of body image and how the media affects it, Amandla has served as a vocal participant in the conversation surrounding identity in our culture. After the much-publicized spat between her and Kylie Jenner, Stenberg took to Instagram, speaking about how our culture sees black women. Her Instagram posts and media interviews afterward have highlighted how cultural appropriation is “one string in the netting that surrounds black female sexuality.” Stenberg is an important role model for young women of color today, and her voice continues to be one of the most powerful ones in the conversation surrounding black women and body image—something which we could use even more of.

3. Jena Malone

With a character as fierce as Johanna, it’s no wonder the actress that plays her, Jena Malone, is just as awesome. Recently, Malone opened up about body image and expression, stating, “We grew up in the MTV era that was full of unattainable perfection, which creates a lot of negative thinking.” Malone’s most important point regarding the current conversation around body image is gender equality—making sure that men are just as comfortable with their bodies as women are. Malone was quoted as saying, “I feel that there’s not only a shift towards strong women, but also sensitive men—and you can’t have one without the other. It’s about allowing both genders to be equal in their own rights, which is far more exciting than just female empowerment.”

While there’s a lot of concern regarding how celebrities are talking about body image in our current culture, you can watch The Hunger Games this weekend knowing the ladies on the screen are doing a fantastic job dominating the conversation and making a change for the better.

About the blogger: Kaitlyn is a nursing major attending Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, with hopes to one day be a public health or pediatric nurse practitioner. In her free time, you can find her wandering through Center City, watching Bob's Burgers, or with her nose in a John Green novel.

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