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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 last year, 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.



How to be a nasty woman: Stylist's 9 step guide

A must-read for all women considering themselves 'good girls'

by Harriet Hall
21 Oct 2016

Totally fetch: Rachel McAdams is on board with a Mean Girls reunion

Shut up.

by Moya Crockett
21 Oct 2016

“Criminalising purchase would be a danger to sex workers”

...argues sex worker and activist, Molly Smith

by The Stylist web team
20 Oct 2016

Eyebrows ahoy... A Cara Delevingne documentary is on its way

The Cara Project will follow Delevingne’s transition from model to actress.

by Moya Crockett
20 Oct 2016

The best A-list Instagrams of the week so far

From Emily Ratajkowski's team colours to Mindy Kaling's scarlet style

by Nicola Colyer
20 Oct 2016

Hilary Swank wins Oscars, still offered 5% of a male co-star's wage

Because woman < man

by Amy Swales
20 Oct 2016

Ellen DeGeneres reveals the secret to her happy marriage

And it's brilliantly simple

by Sarah Biddlecombe
20 Oct 2016

Amy Schumer shares open letter to Donald Trump supporters

“I shouldn’t have said that he was an orange, sexually-assaulting, fake-college-starting monster.”

by Moya Crockett
20 Oct 2016

Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall opens up about anorexia battle

“I just wanted to waste away and disappear”

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Oct 2016

Kerry Washington chooses old-fashioned name for baby boy

The Scandal star has welcomed her second baby with husband Nnamdi Asomugha

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Oct 2016