For many, Jennifer Lawrence is a goddess. She can do no wrong. She is this generation’s America’s Sweetheart. She’s funny, she’s talented, she’s got a great sense of humor and a promising future ahead of her. Plus, she’s also got the girl-next-door image that so many of her fans love. Jennifer Lawrence has got a tomboy side to her which means she can kick it with the best of them out there, but at the same time, she knows how to transform herself into one of the entertainment industry’s most beautiful women by totally glamming it up on the red carpet.
Of course, not every fan and not every critic feels this same way about Jennifer Lawrence. As a matter of fact, many people have disputed claims of just how beautiful Jennifer really is. After all, beauty comes from the within, right? It’s not just what’s on the outside that counts.
Take a look at our photos below and tell us, do you think Jennifer Lawrence is a beautiful actress? Or could there be something about her personality that is off-putting for so many of her critics out there? Check out our pics below and let us know what you think!
15 She's The "Girl Next Door"
Jennifer Lawrence used to be your typical girl-next-door while growing up with her family in Kentucky. Unlike stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, Jennifer didn’t have any Hollywood roots.
She was also always a tomboy. According to reports, Jennifer’s mother wanted her to grow up “tough” just like her two older brothers, Ben and Blaine. As a matter o fact, her mother did not allow her to play with any of the other girls in her pre-school because she thought she was a little too rough with them on the playground. Jennifer wasn’t a little girl who liked to play dress up and have teatime. Instead, she was a rough-and-tumble kind of girl who usually came home with dirt on her face. And that continued well into her teenage years, too.
14 She's Culturally Insensitive
But for some, it’s not Jennifer Lawrence’s looks that make her beautiful or ugly. It’s her personality. She’s been caught in a few controversies of her own. Back in 2016, she was forced to apologize over a sacred rock story that many people found to be culturally insensitive.
While she was filming The Hunger Games, Jennifer sat on sacred rocks after the crew warned her not to. She thought she was being goofy, but it turned out to be pretty stupid. Jen released a statement after the backlash that said, “I meant absolutely no disrespect to the Hawaiian people. I really thought that I was being self deprecating about the fact that I was 'the curse,' but I understand the way it was perceived was not funny and I apologize if I offended anyone.”
13 She’s Not Funny
Also, Jennifer has said some really awful, awful things. She’s made jokes about s*xual assault that were totally not funny and also sparked a lot of anger from the transs*xual community when she explained why she named her female cat Chaz Bono. And for a lot of people, her explanation wasn’t funny at all.
Chaz is transgender and Jen used his s*xual identity as the punch line to her joke. Jennifer told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show, “I’ve never met a cat where you assume first that it’s a boy. Because normally dogs are boys and cats are girls. But she has such a masculine energy that everybody always says 'he,' and for the first week I thought it was a boy... And that’s just weird for a cat. So we call her Chaz Bono."
12 She's Not Pretty Enough To Be Sharon Tate
Reports from this past summer indicated that Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t pretty enough to play slain actress Sharon Tate in an upcoming film about the Manson Family murders. At least that’s what Sharon’s sister Debra Tate said. Quentin Tarantino allegedly approached Jennifer for the role, but it went to fellow Hollywood actress Margot Robbie instead.
Debra was quoted as saying, “Not that I have anything against her, but she’s not pretty enough to play Sharon. And that’s a horrible thing to say, but I have my standards. My pick would be Margot simply because of her physical beauty. And the way she even carries herself is similar to that of Sharon. Physical beauty wouldn’t be so important but Sharon’s six years of her public life were all based on that incredibly beautiful, natural, perfect look in both soul, heart and spirit. So that’s what I’m looking to try to capture.”
11 Too Fat For Hollywood?
A lot of people have criticized Jennifer Lawrence for her body. But when it comes to Hollywood, that seems to be par for the course. A lot of actresses are called out for either being too slim, too fat or too in between. It doesn’t matter what size they are, people always have something to say about a woman’s body.
And instead of being supportive of other female actresses in the industry, she made a joke about anorexia instead. Jennifer Lawrence should really learn how to keep her mouth shut or simply think before she speaks. When one reporter asked her what she thought about being the “fat actress” in Hollywood, she responded with, “I'll be the only actress who doesn't have anorexia rumors." Sorry, but you are not helping there, Jen.
10 Fans Debate: Is She All That?
If that weren’t enough, Jennifer Lawrence’s beauty has been the subject of many online debates, too. Some commenters on Reddit have said, “She's attractive, but her media persona comes across as a bit fake to me. To be widely known as friendly and down to earth, you have to really play up these traits to the press. She might be lovely behind closed doors, but I sometimes wonder whether she is as relatable as Reddit seems to believe.”
Of course, for a lot of people they want the full package, and not just a pretty face. Yet when it comes to Jennifer Lawrence, people can’t make up their mind if they like her or not. Another person said, “You're not alone. She might seem more attractive if her public persona were less obnoxious, but regardless, she's pretty plain.” Do you agree?
9 She Looks Different Without Makeup
It’s also safe to say that Jennifer Lawrence definitely doesn’t look like Movie Star Jennifer Lawrence whenever she’s out and about. As a matter of fact, she almost looks unrecognizable in this photo without any makeup on. I’m pretty sure that she could walk inside my local Whole Foods store and I wouldn’t even look twice her way.
Then again, I can safely say that I look like two different people whenever I put on makeup, too. The older you get, the harder it is to convince people that you did wake up looking refreshed, energized and ready to take on the world! I can honestly say that on some mornings, that’s just not the case with me at all. And I’m sure that’s why Jennifer looks so tired and pale in this photo, too.
8 Is She Really Every Guy’s Dream?
But then again, there are fans who do think Jennifer is the subject of every man’s dream. I mean, she is a girl’s girl and a guy's girl.
According to Men’s Fitness Magazine, one of the reasons why Jennifer is such an attractive actress is because she’s managed to play both feminine and kick-ass roles on the big screen. And plus, she’s already got an impressive resume, despite the fact that she’s one of the youngest A-list stars in the entertainment industry right now. The publication writes, “Portfolio runs the gauntlet of film genres, her resume including X-Men, Silver Linings Playbook, and Hunger Games. Her Best Supporting Actress Oscar was the second youngest ever and at age 24, she shows no signs of slowing down.”
7 She Made A Weird "Power Lesbian" Joke
Jennifer has also been accused of cultural appropriation when she joked that her personal style was like a “slu*ty power lesbian.” Oh dear. Someone really needs to get this girl a new publicist because she’s done so much damage, it’s hard to keep up with everything awful that she’s said over the years.
And when Jen was called out for her cultural appropriation, she refused to apologize for her words. In fact, some celebs defended her. Ruby Rose commented, “I think that is an easy quote to misinterpret or to pick apart... But I know that she has an amazing sense of humor, and for her to say that, I know that would never come from a bad place. She’s always spending so much of her time supporting other women and the LGBT community. There’s no way that she meant that with any kind of malice. If it was someone else, maybe I would think into it, but because it’s her, I just know what she meant." Facepalm.
6 Just Another Average Girl
And while there can be a lot of very unconventional actresses in Hollywood that can come off as beautiful (just look at Michelle Pfeiffer, Catherine Zeta-Jones or even Emma Stone), a lot of people would agree that Jennifer Lawrence just lacks that “look.” She’s not as versatile as some other stars in Hollywood.
As a matter of fact, she almost looks the same in every film that she appears in. Sure, she likes to change her hair color from time to time, but for a lot of critics, she just doesn’t come off as very convincing in her roles. Talent is one thing, but if you want to be a Hollywood A-list star, you have to be blessed with great genes, too. Or at least have the number to the best plastic surgeon that money can buy.
5 Just Another Rag Doll
And while we get that beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder, Jennifer has said a few things about feeling like a “rag doll.” In other words, she gets that she needs a team full of makeup and hair people to make her look camera ready before her film premieres. In other words, she doesn’t wake up looking like this every day.
Speaking about one particular incidence in which she felt like a dress up doll, she said, “I just kind of opened up and said, 'I feel like a rag doll. I have hair and makeup people coming to my house every day and putting me in new, uncomfortable, weird dresses and expensive shoes, and I just shut down and raise my arms up for them to get the dress on, and pout my lips when they need to put the lipstick on.”
4 High School Years
Jennifer Lawrence was a popular girl in high school, but she wasn’t one of the smartest ones. Reports say that she was mostly a down-to-earth girl who was very goofy in class. She was also well-liked among her peers, too. She loved to have a good time and was often the girl who got the party started wherever she went. She also had a tight-knit group of close girlfriends, too.
Jennifer was never considered the most beautiful girl in her graduating high school class, nor was she the homecoming or the prom queen. Sure, she gets rave reviews for her style and her looks on the red carpet these days, but back in Kentucky Jennifer was considered one of the “average looking” girls in her class. She really didn’t care too much about fashion or wearing makeup for that matter, either.
3 Jen’s Personality
What’s more, Jennifer also seems to be rather self-aware about how she comes across, which is a rarity in Hollywood. She is very unfiltered and loves to speak her mind, which can sometimes rub people the wrong way. And thankfully, she knows that. But considering how young she is, there’s no doubt that Jennifer will continue to learn from her mistakes as she continues to work in the industry and grow older. Just because you think it, that doesn’t mean you necessarily have to say it out loud.
The actress once said, “I picked up an issue of Cosmopolitan the other day that had tips for job interviews, because I was like, 'I need to get better at interviews.' The article was basically about how to get someone not to hate you in 20 minutes. Every single thing they told you not to do, I was like, 'I do that every day.'”
2 Smoke And Mirrors
A lot of fans also can’t understand why Jennifer insists on putting so much makeup on whenever she’s out and about or promoting her new projects. Her beauty has always been the subject of many debates, with some people wondering why she needs so much makeup, expensive clothes, good lighting and good publicity to make her who she is today.
One critic said, “Like the overwhelming majority of actresses in Hollywood, Ms. Lawrence looks beautiful because she is made up most times when you see her and because the media tells you that she is beautiful.” It would be hard to argue with that, right? I can see this person’s point, as many media outlets want us to think she’s beautiful and talented. But is she really? It truly is hard to tell in some of these photos.
1 A Classic Actress?
Sure, everyone sees beauty differently, but can Jennifer Lawrence really be classified in the same category as some of the most beautiful women in Hollywood? Can she hold a candle to some great actresses like Katherine Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Meryl Streep and more?
Of course, time will only tell if Jennifer will make it in the industry or if she’ll become another forgettable actress. We’ve seen it so many times before. A lot of aspiring stars become “it” girls for a few years until they end up somewhere in celebrity oblivion. We see them in a handful of movies and then they mysteriously disappear. No one knows if that will be the case with Jennifer Lawrence, although some believe that she will need to work extra hard if she wants to continue riding high on the Hollywood A-list. Do you agree?