Before She Was Katniss: Jennifer Lawrence Bares All For Esquire Magazine (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

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Before she was the biggest breakout star of 2012,Jennifer Lawrencewas an Oscar nominee and an Esquire magazine beauty. During her award season run for her starring role in Winters Bone, TheHunger Games beauty did a seriously sexy shoot for a 2010 issue of Esquiremagazine. 

Soak and wet and poured into skin-baring swimsuits, JLaw, 21, has no problem showing her sexy side as this video reveals. Esquire already knew back then she was a star in the making, calling the spread: “You Have Now Heard of Jennifer Lawrence.”

Jennifer certainly has an audience now as she’s taken on the lead role in The Hunger Games as Katniss. 

It is this story where we learn how JLaw was discovered. The actress recalls that while visiting New York from Louisville with her mom seven years ago “a guy asked to take my picture. We probably should have realized how creepy that was.” 

It was this moment that led her to landing an agent an in turn her Oscar nominated and blockbuster roles. The actress admitted to the magazine in 2010, “I’m excited to be seen as sexy.”

What do you think of Jennifer’s photo shoot? Do you prefer posing as a sex kitten, or the girl next door?