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Life lessons and pearls of wisdom from Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham; writer, director, actress and all round VIP (that’s Very Impressive Person for the uninitiated).

Here at Stylist we have no shame in admitting that since the first episode of Girls hit our screens, we’ve been smitten with it’s creator who – as an aside –  was just 26 years old when she wrote the show.

The witty, sharp writing in Girls has resonated with women of every generation. And, both on her show and in interviews, Lena has won legions of fans with her candid answers, outspoken support of other women and by calling out critics and questioning double standards.

The writer, who was mentored by the inimitable and much missed Nora Ephron, has shared many of her personal life lessons on topics as varied as wearing pants to the legacy she’d like to leave behind.

We picked the best of her pearls of wisdom for your reading pleasure – notebooks at the ready, these make for pretty brilliant reading.



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The gown, the guests, the royal bridal party

21 May 2017

Gal Gadot explains why the new Wonder Woman is a feminist film

"People have a misconception about what feminism is"

by Moya Crockett
19 May 2017

Robin Wright is still receiving less pay for House of Cards role

She believed she was awarded the same pay as Kevin Spacey in 2016

by Jasmine Andersson
18 May 2017

“How renting out my spare room changed my life”

Four women reveal the transformative experiences they had through Airbnb

by Amy Swales
18 May 2017

Jennifer Lawrence has the best response to leaked pole dancing video

“I'm not going to apologise, I had a BLAST"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
18 May 2017

Solange Knowles writes powerful open letter to her teenage self

The star has a few words to say on the power of the female

18 May 2017

So Geri Halliwell recreated the Wannabe music video all by herself

Viva forever, Ginger Spice

by Kayleigh Dray
18 May 2017

Ched Evans wants you to drink less to avoid being raped

Ask a Feminist despairs at the latest comments from footballer, Ched Evans.

by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
18 May 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Cannes Film Festival antics to Victoria Beckham's glam squad

by Nicola Colyer
18 May 2017

Ched Evans seriously just warned women about the dangers of drinking

Because – wait for it – “there are genuine rapists out there”

by Moya Crockett
18 May 2017