Lena Dunham has long been the recipient of repeated, 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 give “the tiniest of shits” about how anyone feels about her body.
And yes, that includes those “bullshit before-and-after pictures” tabloids are so fond of.
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 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 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
“I smile just as wide no matter my current size because I’m proud of what this body has seen 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 piece on fielding body criticisms throughout her career. Dunham also thanked fitness instructor Tracy Anderson for introducing her to the mental health benefits of exercise, and her Girls co-creator Jenni Konner for her continued support.
“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.”