“Girls” actress and co-creator Lena Dunham has been getting a lot of criticism on the internet for her recent weight loss, and on a visit to “Ellen,” she spoke out about the struggle.
“As a woman in Hollywood, you just can’t win,” she told Ellen DeGeneres.
On Wednesday’s show, Dunham addressed the struggles of working in an industry obsessed with body image.
“It’s just so crazy because I spent six years of my career being called ‘bag of milk’ on the internet… ‘bag of milk,’ ‘baby cow,’ ‘aging cow,'” she said.
“I never felt self conscious about it. Anybody who was going to take the time to say something negative about my weight on the internet wasn’t someone I was particularly keen to impress anyway.”
“Then, I had this experience of my body changing and suddenly I got all these people being like, ‘You’re a hypocrite! I thought you were body positive! I thought you were a person who embraces bodies of all sizes!’ I do, I just understand bodies change. We live a long time. Things happen,” she told DeGeneres.
“Yeah, you can’t win if they think you’re too heavy or too thin,” DeGeneres said.
Back in February, Dunham revealed her secrets for losing weight on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show, which included the “soul-crushing pain and devastation and hopelessness” that followed Donald Trump’s inauguration.
“Donald Trump became president and I stopped being able to eat food,” she said.
Dunham doesn’t give an exact reason for the weight loss, but in a recent Instagram post, she said she’s been working to control her endometriosis through “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,” she wrote.
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 ME–at 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
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