Lena Dunham has lost weight and is now being labelled a hypocrite

Publish Date
Thursday, 23 March 2017, 9:51AM
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Lena Dunham has been labeled a hypocrite for shedding some pounds. It seems, when it comes to her body, the 'Girls' star can't do anything right. 

Since she stepped into the limelight, the star's weight has been a constant topic of unsolicited chat and now she seems to be being shamed for losing some weight. 

"It's just so crazy because I spent six years of my career being called things like 'bag of milk' on the Internet. Baby cow, aging cow," Dunham told Ellen DeGeneres.

"I also just never felt self-conscious about it. I was like: Anyone 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." 

But now that her body is changing, she's surprised to see that the criticism hasn't let up. In fact, she's now being called a hypocrite.

"I had this experience of my body changing and suddenly I got all of 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,'" she said. "I do, I just understand that bodies change, we live a long time. Things happen."

Dunham recently showing off her slimmer figure. Photo: Getty Images

She confided in Ellen that she's come to the not-so-pleasant realisation that: "It really was evidenced that as a woman in Hollywood, you just can't win."

Dunham, who suffers from endometriosis, has recently taken up yoga and Tracy Anderson workouts in a bid to strengthen up her core and better control her physically painful chronic illness through a healthy diet and exercise.

"My weight loss isn't a triumph and it also isn't some sign I've finally given into the voices of trolls," she explained in a lengthy post on her Instagram last week, after the reverse body-shaming began. "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."

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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She had begun the post by explaining that she's made it "pretty clear over the years that I don't give even the tiniest of shits what anyone else feels about my body."

Labeling herself a chronic illness sufferer, body-shaming vigilante, sexual assault survivor and "raging hottie," she added: "I smile just as wide no matter what my current size is because I'm proud of what this body has seen and done and represented."