Lena Dunham hits back at people congratulating her weight loss: “This isn’t a triumph”

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From Jennifer Aniston, to Renee Zellweger, to Claudia Winkleman, it’s no secret that women in the public eye constantly find themselves under pressure to look a certain way. And, earlier this week, Girls’ Lena Dunham was left frustrated after a red carpet appearance, as tabloids began speculating about her weight.

Now, in a lengthy Instagram post, she has addressed everyone who dared to publish an article on her ‘weight loss transformation’ – and what she has to say is incredibly powerful.

“I feel I've made it pretty clear over the years that I don't give even the tiniest of s**ts what anyone else feels about my body,” begins Dunham.

The 30-year-old writer and actor continued: “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.”

Dunham added: “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.”

The real-life Hannah Horvath went on to praise her friends who '”demand that life be more than a daily weigh in”, adding: “I refuse to celebrate these bulls**t before-and-after pictures. Don't we have infinitely more pressing news to attend to?”

She finished by writing: “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.”

It is not the first time that a celebrity has hit back at speculation about her weight.

Holly Willoughby, in an interview with Prima, politely declined to answer any questions about her dietary or fitness habits.

“I actually avoid talking about my diet and exercise regime because I have interviewed so many people affected by eating disorders,” the 36-year-old told the magazine. “I know that some people in chat rooms can really fixate on other people’s diets. I just can’t contribute to that.”

When pressed for more information about her daily eating habits, Willoughby’s response was blunt and to the point.

“I love food,” she said. “It’s a celebration, something to be talked over, shopped for, cooked and enjoyed.”

Images: Rex Pictures


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.