Lena Dunham Is Facing Major Backlash For Losing Weight

"It's evidence that as a woman in Hollywood, you can't win." 

When Lena Dunham lost weight, the world took notice. We wrote about it, too! Lena wasn't deaf to the buzz, and even posted a funny-but-not-really outline of her accidental diet, which really stemmed from having a diminished appetite after the election.

But, the star has been a bit more serious lately about all the opinions regarding her body. (It is, after all, hers and no one else's.) After Refinery29 put out a thoughtful piece reminding us that Lena Dunham's weight loss is not really none of our beezwax, the actress posted a passionate response.

"Right now I'm struggling to control my endometriosis through a healthy diet and exercise," her statement read in part. "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."

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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Speaking of trolls, Lena opened up about them on Ellen earlier this week. When Ellen brought up the fact that Lena "got a lot of flack for losing weight, which is ridiculous," Lena readily agreed.

"It's just so ridiculous because I spent six years being called 'bag of milk' on the Internet," she said. Then, when she lost weight, Lena saw comments such as: "I thought you were body positive!" The most frustrating part of it all? "It's evidence that as a woman in Hollywood, you just can't win," Lena said. Watch the whole clip here

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