Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Smart Jennifer wows the men

Jennifer Lawrence

Go, men! How cheering that in an online askmen.com poll of 2.4 million men, 22-year-old actress Jennifer Lawrence has been voted the world's most desirable woman.

Star of The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook, action woman Lawrence is not the usual long-legged, stick-on boobs, sentence-stumbler who often wins such polls.

Not only can she really act, sensitively, intelligently and empathetically, but she's a tough, smart cookie with an impenetrable sense of self (she said recently, in that casual, confident way she has, that no, why would she be nervous acting across from Robert de Niro?)

I interviewed Lawrence a couple of years ago and she made it quite clear that she wasn't the type to kowtow to the demands of men's media or the fantasies of her male fans. She doesn't flutter her eyelashes like a needy Bambi the way so many of the objects of lust who adorn the cover of men's magazines do - infact she turned down numerous modelling offers at the start of her career, focusing on her acting work with unusual fortitude for one so young.

In the week we shook our heads in frustration at a birthday card in a popular high street chain which read 'You're 13 today! If you had a rich boyfriend he'd give you diamonds. Well maybe next year you will - when you've bigger boobies!' (yes, really), I thank God that such an independent spirit is seen as more fanciable than her tongue-tied, approval seeking peers. More like Jen, please.

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