'For some disgusting reason, young sex sells'

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Last updated 14:00 13/11/2013

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The Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence is under no illusion about the way her industry operates.

"It's a part of the entertainment industry that sells - sex sells. And for some disgusting reason, young sex sells even more," she says when BBC News asks her about what she thinks of Miley Cyrus and the sexualisation of young Hollywood females.

But, she says, "it's not really something that I worry about because I feel like everybody's kind of got their own path and they have their own way of finding themselves. And for some people, that's how they feel best, that's how they feel sexy, that's how they want to perform. ... I'm just saying, to each their own."

The 23-year-old Oscar-winning actress also spoke about body image and pressure in Hollywood, and how it relates to her role as heroine Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, out on November 22.

"I think she's a wonderful role model for young girls," says Lawrence, who added she didn't have a strong role model like the character when she was growing up.

Lawrence says she has refused to lose weight for roles when asked - including as Katniss.

"When we were doing the first Hunger Games, it was a big discussion because it's called The Hunger Games. She's from District 12," says Lawrence of Katniss' poor, coal-mining hometown. "She's obviously underfed, so she would be incredibly thin."

So why not go for the most realistic approach? "We have the ability to control this image that young girls are going to be seeing. Girls see enough of this body that we can't imitate, that we'll never be able to attain. This is going to be their hero, and we have control over that. So it's kind of an amazing opportunity to rid ourselves of that in this industry. I think it's better to look strong and healthy. I feel like someone like Kate Moss running at you with a bow and arrow wouldn't really be scary."

Plus, working out and dieting isn't really her thing, she recently said.

-MCT

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