Lena Dunham Responds to Criticism Over Slimmer Frame: Women ‘Can’t Win’
Stocky, thin, outspoken, quiet — women in Hollywood just can't win, Lena Dunham laments in a preview of today's (March 22) interview on The Ellen Degeneres Show.
Dunham, who recently began losing weight after starting regimens like yoga, tried to shut down conversations about her changing body in a recent Instagram post. Still, people kept on talking, and in the clip above, Dunham says she's done trying to understand how to avoid gossip and pointed conversation.
"It's just so crazy because I spent six years of my career being called things like 'bag of milk' on the internet —'bag of milk,' 'baby cow,' 'aging cow,'" she said. I just never felt self-conscious about it. I was like, 'Anyone who is going to take the time to say something negative about my weight on the internet isn't someone I was particularly keen to impress anyway.' Then I had this experience of my body changing. Suddenly I got all these people saying, 'You're a hypocrite. I thought you were body positive. I thought you were a person who embraced body types of all sizes. I do. I just understand that bodies change. We live a long time. Things happen."
Dunham previously encouraged followers to put premiums on things other than physical appearance, and said her confidence is rooted in the fact that the way she looks is in a constant state of flux — there's no point in fixating.
"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,” she wrote on Instagram.
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