Why the Internet Loves Jennifer Lawrence

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Since starring in X-Men: First Class and The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence has won over the heart of the Internet, evidenced by a host of funny gifs and memes made in her honor. We’ve totally fallen for her flowing locks, quirky attitude and ever-present smile. On top of this, Lawrence has proven herself to be quite, well, normal.

In Hollywood, female celebrities are often criticized by the media for having imperfections or for committing a fashion faux pas. It’s therefore refreshing when celebrities come along who aren’t afraid of revealing their unglamorous side and showing that they are normal human beings. Jennifer Lawrence does just this as she regularly discusses her love for simple pleasures such as eating food and watching TV. Perhaps one of her most famous outbursts was at the 2013 Oscars, when she complained about being starving in an interview with Ryan Seacrest. She was then overjoyed when Seacrest told her that there was going to be food later, and went on to win an award for Best Actress which she accepted somewhat ungracefully, tripping on the way up the steps to the stage.

Lawrence is a celebrity who has not always had an easy ride with the critics. In 2012, a reviewer protested that Lawrence was too “womanly” to play Katniss in The Hunger Games. She simply shrugged off the response and said, “I’d rather look chubby onscreen and like a person in real life.” This was a moment that revealed her as someone who is comfortable in her own skin, and by doing so she spread the valuable message that people should not be made to feel ashamed of their body.

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In this digital age, there are countless blogs and websites dedicated to weight loss, encouraging young girls that they need to be thin to be pretty. To counter this movement, there are now sites emerging which work against this mentality. They are protesting that food is not the enemy, and have celebrities who enjoy their food like Lawrence to inspire them.

Lawrence has also won herself some fans on the Internet for being hilarious and a little bit goofy. The Internet prides itself on being the number one source of unusual entertainment, so it welcomes her quirks with open arms. In a backstage interview at the 2013 Oscars, Lawrence appeared confused when the host began reciting seat numbers for the different interviewers and panicked when she thought they were going to take her Oscar away, which amused many.

Lawrence is also no stranger to the Internet sensation of photobombing, and was pictured pulling a face in the back of a shot of Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2013 Met Gala in May. Something like this may have resulted in some head shakes many moons ago, but the Internet loved it so much they turned the incident into a gif.

The fact that Lawrence openly admits she prefers to stay indoors, eat pizza and watch TV makes her seem down to earth and is someone to whom the general public can easily relate. Spreading the message that it’s okay if you are not stick-thin and to go ahead and eat that cheeseburger is making her an incredible role model. She’s funny, quirky and not afraid to be herself, and that’s why the Internet loves her!