2017 ELLE WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD: JENNIFER LAWRENCE, REESE WITHERSPOON, KRISTEN STEWART AND JESSICA CHASTAIN STAND UP FOR WOMEN!

It was an emotional afternoon in Beverly Hills on Monday at the 2017 ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, women spoke loudly and powerfully about their own experiences of harassment and abuse. Those women included Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence.

Witherspoon recounted her experience of sexual assault at the hands of a director when she was just 16. Lawrence, who won an Oscar in 2013 for Silver Linings Playbook, also opened up about her own jarring experience with a female producer.

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“When I was much younger and starting out, I was told by producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks. One girl before me had already been fired for not losing the weight fast enough.”

She continued, “During this time a female producer had me do a nude line-up with about five women who were much, much, thinner than me. We all stood side by side with only tape on covering our privates.”

Lawrence shared that the producer told her to use the humiliating photos as inspiration for her diet.

Kristen Stewart and Jessica Chastain also gave powerful speeches about what needs to change in the industry. Stewart, for her part, said that the regular harassment of crew members should not be lost in the discussion. 

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She recounted, “Can’t tell you how many times I’ve saved makeup artists — because it trickled down, too — and camera assistants from DPs who are like, ‘Hey, babe.’ And when I say ‘saved,’ I mean momentarily been like, ‘Don’t, f*cker!’ And they are embarrassed for one second, but it just keeps going every single day. So I’d say, let’s be aware of this on every level. Those girls are as duct-taped as one could possibly be because they are in fear of getting their next job, as every actress is, too, same deal.”

Honored at the event were Margot Robbie, Riley Keough, Kathleen Kennedy, Cicely Tyson, Jessica Chastain, Laura Dern and Tessa Thompson.

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