On Wednesday night, Lena Dunham showed up at the launch of Tracy Anderson’s flagship studio in NYC looking a little lean-a (oh lord, show me the door for that one). She explained to People that working with Tracy is the reason for why she no longer looks as much like she did at the Girls premiere in 2014. She claims it wasn’t about changing her body. It was more about getting healthy and easing the symptoms of endometriosis.
Lena is known for being all about body positivity and being proud of your size and all that. So of course some people online reacted by talking about how she looks different now. Lena isn’t having any of it. Lena responded by Instagramming a screen grab of a Refinery29 post titled People Need To Stop Talking About Lena Dunham’s Weight. Lena agrees.
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
The TL:DR of Lena’s caption is that her weight loss isn’t something to be celebrated, because she doesn’t celebrate that sort of thing. She also thinks before-and-after pictures comparing her old body to her new body are “bullshit.” Whoops!
Okay, so Lena Dunham doesn’t want a round of applause for losing weight. She also doesn’t want anyone to talk about any aspect of her body. Got it. That means Tracy Anderson is going to have to apply sixteen tons of jaw pressure to keep her mouth closed the next time Lena comes in for training. She’s just going to have to scream “I can’t believe I tortured your ass for months and you show up to my studio launch in some unsexy sorority girl leggings and a sloppy tank top!” into her pillow instead.