Jennifer Lawrence is taking back her own body image and reflecting on a time just eight years ago when it was completely taken from her. Like more than 100 other celebrities, Jennifer Lawrence was the target of hackers in 2014 who managed to compromise Apple’s iCloud accounts, giving them access to private camera rolls that, for many stars, included private nude photos that were then disseminated online for everyone to see. Unfortunately, in most cases like Jennifer Lawrence’s, that means that they now exist in a searchable form forever.
In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Jennifer Lawrence spoke about having to cope with the fact that she no longer had control over when to show her nudity and how much the public is allowed to see. While she noted that her “trauma will exist forever,” she’s able to shake it off these days and is even willing to show off her body again.
She did a steamy and, given the context, empowering photoshoot with the magazine in which she poses in tasteful shots in her underwear and other fashionable loungewear. Eight years later and Jennifer Lawrence is still as attractive as ever. However, now the decision to show off her body in this photoshoot as well as subsequent movies like Red Sparrow carries an entirely different connotation.
Newsweek reports that the mastermind behind the violating hack only received an eight-month prison sentence. Meanwhile, the celebrities whom he targeted are forced to live with the fallout of the experience forever. Speaking in her latest interview, Jennifer Lawrence noted that she still feels the burden of the violation every day, noting that she’s aware someone in France just reuploaded her nudes.
The actress’ comments echo those she made at the time in a separate interview with Vanity Fair where she lamented not having the choice to show her body, calling it “disgusting” and noting that her status as a public figure does not give people the right to view her private photos without consent. In essence, if you were unaware that Jennifer Lawrence and others’ had nudes leaked in 2014, she would ask you to do them a favor, show some respect, and don’t Google it. Some corners of the Internet don’t deserve to be explored.
Elsewhere in her latest interview, Jennifer Lawrence discussed a different violation that took place in 2018 when disgraced movie mogul (and convicted rapist) Harvey Weinstein reportedly claimed to have had a sexual relationship with her that led to her Oscar win. In a statement provided to People at the time, Jennifer Lawrence denied that ever took place. There’s an old adage that when two people claim two different things, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. In this case, though, let’s just agree to believe the person who isn’t a convicted rapist.
When she burst onto the Hollywood scene as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence, for better or worse, had a lot of attention on her. It’s disappointing and a grim commentary on the state of public figures in the United States that it ultimately led to a nude photo leak and a conversation about public figures’ privacy. Still, after eight years the actress has landed in a mentally positive place with everything, which is impressive.