Wherever Lena Dunham goes, commentary about her physical appearance seems to be the hot topic. With her latest appearance at a press event, multiple news outlets have apparently taken notice of her loss of weight. Whether covered positively or negatively, Lena Dunham is assures everyone she doesn’t care what anyone has to say about her body.
As a response to the latest coverage, she took to Instagram and posted a friendly reminder about how she feels about her physical appearance. Dunham stated “I’ve accepted that my body is an ever changing organism, not a fixed entity- what goes up must come down and vice versa. I smile just as wide no matter my current size because I’m proud of what this body has seen and done and represented.”
Thank you for this @Refinery29. I feel I’ve made it pretty clear over the years that I don’t give even the tiniest of shits what anyone else feels about my body. I’ve gone on red carpets in couture as a size 14. I’ve done sex scenes days after surgery, mottled with scars. I’ve accepted that my body is an ever changing organism, not a fixed entity- what goes up must come down and vice versa. I smile just as wide no matter my current size because I’m proud of what this body has seen and done and represented. Chronic illness sufferer. Body-shaming vigilante. Sexual assault survivor. Raging hottie. Just like all of YOU. Right now I’m struggling to control my endometriosis through a healthy diet and exercise. So my weight loss isn’t a triumph and it also isn’t some sign I’ve finally given in to the voices of trolls. Because my body belongs to ME–at every phase, in every iteration, and whatever I’m doing with it, I’m not handing in my feminist card to anyone. So thank you to my girl @ashleygraham for writing so gorgeously about this on @lennyletter (link in bio). Thank you to @tracyandersonmethod for teaching me that exercise has the power to counteract my pain and anxiety, and to @jennikonner for being my partner in FUCK IT. I refuse to celebrate these bullshit before-and-after pictures. Don’t we have infinitely more pressing news to attend to? So much love to all my web friends who demand that life be more than a daily weigh in, who know their merit has nothing to do with their size, who fight to be seen and heard and accepted. I love you- Lena
In her post, she thanked Girls co-creator Jenni Konner for her support, fitness instructor Tracy Anderson for “teaching me that exercise has the power to counteract my pain and anxiety,” and model Ashley Graham for sharing her own dealings with body criticism.
One thing is certainly clear: Lena Dunham doesn’t give a hoot what anyone says about her appearance.