Lena Dunham's powerful body image message has Hollywood listening

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor

When Lena Dunham talks, Hollywood listens. Well at least that’s the case with her new powerful message shared on social media.

The 32-year-old Girls star has reflected on her body transformation, saying she’s much more ‘happy, joyous and free’ as her current 162-pound self, compared to the 138-pound woman she was being ‘complimented all day’ a mere year ago.

A string of well-known stars are all for Lena’s inspiring and positive message, praising her for highlighting why being thinner doesn’t necessarily mean you’re happier.

“I love everything about this and you,” Jennifer Garner wrote in the comments section under her post which was accompanied with before and after images.

“Damn. I love this. Thank you,” Sophie Bush said, while Katy Perry summed it up simply yet perfectly as being “powerful”.

Model and actress Brooklyn Decker had a very personalised response to her famous pal’s post.

“I’ll never forget meeting you for the first time, obviously you looked beautiful.. but you were kind, warm, generous with your time and spirit – you made me feel good.

“And THAT, my friend, stuck with me. Hot dam that’s beautiful.”

“I love everything about this and you,” Jennifer Garner wrote in the comments section under Lena’s post. Source: Getty
Source: Instagram/lenadunham


Other celebrities who showed their support included Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge, comedian Chelsea Handler, entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso and actresses Busy Phillips and Rumer Willis. 

In her post, Lena didn’t hold back as she reflected on her changed appearance, and her perceptions on body image.

“On the left: 138 pounds, complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work,” she wrote.

“Also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy.

Katy Perry summed it up simply yet perfectly as being “powerful”.  Source: Getty
Source: Instagram/lenadunham

“On the right: 162 pounds, happy joyous & free, complimented only by people that matter for reasons that matter, subsisting on a steady flow of fun/healthy snacks and apps and entrees, strong from lifting dogs and spirits,” she then continued. 

“Even this OG body positivity warrior sometimes looks at the left picture longingly, until I remember the impossible pain that brought me there and onto my proverbial knees.

“As I type I can feel my back fat rolling up under my shoulder blades. I lean in.” 

This isn’t the first time Lena has spoken on the topic.

Lena pictured in March 2017. Source: Getty

Last year she shared an empowering post thanking US Glamour magazine for including her – ‘cellulite’ and all on the cover of their latest issue.

“Today this body is on the cover of a magazine that millions of women will read, without photoshop, my thigh on full imperfect display,” she wrote on Instagram.

She revealed people would criticise the way she looked when she was growing up, and that it’d taken her years to learn to embrace her body.

Lena pictured in July 2019, loving her life. Source: Getty

“I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I was f*****g funny looking. Potbelly, rabbit teeth, knock knees – I could never seem to get it right and it haunted my every move,” she said.

“My body isn’t fair game. No one’s is, no matter their size, color, gender identity, and there’s a place for us all in popular culture to be recognized as beautiful [sic].”

You tell ’em, sister.

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