Lena Dunham has long been the recipient of reiterated, unwarranted weight commentary, and this week’s proved no different. Photos of the Dunham at a recent press event inspired substance-free, appearance-focused headlines everywhere from The Sun to CNN.
In response to the uptick in coverage, Dunham penned a quick reminder that she still doesn’t devote “the tiniest of shits” about how anyone been thinking about her body.
And yes, that includes those “bullshit before-and-after pictures” tabloids are so fond of.
Thank you for this @Refinery29. I seem I’ve constructed it clearly articulated over the years that I don’t devote even the tiniest of shits what anyone else been thinking about my body. I’ve has been going on red carpets in couture as a size 14. I’ve done sexuality scenes days after surgery, mottled with scars. I’ve is cognizant of the fact 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 determined 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 exert. So my weight loss isn’t a victory and it also isn’t some sign I’ve finally given in to the voices of trolls. Because my body belongs to MEat 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 daughter @ashleygraham for writing so gorgeously about this on @lennyletter( associate in bio ). Thank you to @ tracyandersonmethod for teaching me that exert has the power to counteract my pain and nervousnes, and to @jennikonner for being my partner in FUCK IT. I refuse to celebrate these bullshit before-and-after images. Don’t we have infinitely more pressing news to attend to? So much “ve been wanting to” all my web friends who demand that life be more than a daily weigh in, who know their merit got nothing to do with different sizes, who fight to be seen and heard and accepted. I love you- Lena
“I smile just as wide no matter my current size because I’m proud of what this body has determined and done and represented, ” she wrote. “Chronic illness sufferer. Body-shaming vigilante. Sexual assault survivor. Raging hottie. Just like all of YOU.”
She went on to thank model Ashley Graham who penned a Lenny Letter part on fielding body criticisms throughout her career. Dunham also thanked fitness instructor Tracy Anderson for introducing her to the mental health benefits of exert, and her Girls co-creator Jenni Konner for her continued support.
“So much “ve been wanting to” all my web friends who demand that life be more than a daily weigh in, who know their merit got nothing to do with different sizes, who fight to be seen and heard and accepted.”
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