Now Lena Dunham Is Having To Defend Herself For LOSING Weight
Lena Dunham looks a little different these days.
The Girls star recently debuted a slimmer figure, but the body-shaming she's been dealing with for years hasn't stopped. In fact, critics have labeled her a “hypocrite” for her weight loss, citing her longtime defiance against Hollywood’s gross beauty standards.
“As a woman in Hollywood, you just can’t win,” Dunham said about the backlash on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“It’s just so crazy because I spent six years of my career being called ‘bag of milk’ on the internet,” Dunham continued. “I never felt self-conscious about it. Anyone who was going to take the time to say something negative about my weight on the internet wasn’t someone I was particularly keen to impress anyway.”
In recent months, Dunham, who suffers from endometriosis, took up exercise to better control her chronic illness. Working out gave her a slimmer figure, but she insists that doesn’t affect her body politics at all.
“Then I had this experience of my body changing and suddenly I got all these people being like, ‘You’re a hypocrite! I thought you were body positive! I thought you were a person who embraces bodies of all sizes!’” she told DeGeneres. “I do, I just understand bodies change.”
Last week, Dunham posted a lengthy Instagram caption about how she doesn’t “give even the tiniest of shits what anyone else feels about my body,” writing, “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.”
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
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