Lena Dunham Refuses To Be Your Before-And-After Weight Loss Model


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For future reference, let’s just keep our thoughts about Lena Dunham’s body to ourselves, OK?


The “Girls” actress, who’s championed body positivity in Hollywood for years, took to Instagram on Thursday to respond to online speculation about her apparent weight loss after stepping out at the opening of trainer Tracy Anderson’s studio.


“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,” Dunham captioned a screenshot of a Refinery 29 article urging readers to stop talking about her weight. “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.”


In Dunham’s own words, her battle with endometriosis initially led her to seek Anderson’s help on how to feel stronger in her own body, as she struggles with chronic and often debilitating pain. Last year, the 30-year-old canceled press appearances ahead of the “Girls” season premiere to rest after a particularly “rough patch” with the illness. According to Dunham, exercise has alleviated some pain and allowed her to control the endometriosis and anxiety.


After her appearance at the fitness event, troubling reports described Dunham looking “happy and healthy” next to side-by-side photos of the actress. A Daily Mail headline even proclaimed Dunham to be “half the girl she used to be.”






“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,” she continued. “I refuse to celebrate these bullshit before-and-after pictures. Don’t we have infinitely more pressing news to attend to?”


Read Dunham’s full post below.



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

A post shared by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Mar 16, 2017 at 3:11pm PDT



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For future reference, let’s just keep our thoughts about Lena Dunham’s body to ourselves, OK?

The “Girls” actress, who’s championed body positivity in Hollywood for years, took to Instagram on Thursday to respond to online speculation about her apparent weight loss after stepping out at the opening of trainer Tracy Anderson’s studio.

“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,” Dunham captioned a screenshot of a Refinery 29 article urging readers to stop talking about her weight. “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.”

In Dunham’s own words, her battle with endometriosis initially led her to seek Anderson’s help on how to feel stronger in her own body, as she struggles with chronic and often debilitating pain. Last year, the 30-year-old canceled press appearances ahead of the “Girls” season premiere to rest after a particularly “rough patch” with the illness. According to Dunham, exercise has alleviated some pain and allowed her to control the endometriosis and anxiety.

After her appearance at the fitness event, troubling reports described Dunham looking “happy and healthy” next to side-by-side photos of the actress. A Daily Mail headline even proclaimed Dunham to be “half the girl she used to be.”

“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,” she continued. “I refuse to celebrate these bullshit before-and-after pictures. Don’t we have infinitely more pressing news to attend to?”

Read Dunham’s full post below.

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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Lena Dunham Refuses To Be Your Before-And-After Weight Loss Model