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Lena Dunham Hits Back At Body-Shaming Comments On Her Wedding Photos

Lena Dunham Hits Back At Body-Shaming Comments On Her Wedding Photos

“It's okay to live in your present body without treating it as transitional.”

Lena Dunham has clapped back at trolls who criticised her appearance in her wedding photos.

The 35-year-old took to Instagram last week to reveal the happy news she tied the knot with musician partner Luis Felber, and shared a snap of the big day.

But while many celebrated the Girls star's joyful news, trolls also found their way into the comments, with a small number cruelly criticising Lena’s appearance.

 

Lena defied the haters (
Instagram - lenadunham)

Now, Lena has shared another fresh-faced snap, with a lengthy takedown aimed at those who wrote vicious comments under her wedding photos.

“This past week was lovely for so many reasons. Firstly, I got married. My husband and I travelled to the country and looked at beehives and fields of wildflowers. I got to feel the intense love of my friends/family surrounding us. I got a little break from work, which reminded me how much I love what I do and how excited I am to share what I've been making with you in 2022.

“I've shared many challenges with you and these moments of joy had me thinking that we should admit when we’re happy too - it's not a crime. But all of this safety made me forget, for a moment, why I’ve created such intense boundaries with the internet over the past few years.

Lena Dunham became a household name after Girls (
HBO)

“It's a little too easy to feel the glow of support and forget about the cesspool lurking behind it- so I took a peek, and saw some gnarly s***, most not worth responding to or even sharing with you.”

Lena continued: “But one narrative I take issue with, largely because it's a story I don't want other women, other people, to get lodged in their heads is that I should somehow be ashamed because my body has changed since I was last on television.”

She then went through her thoughts one by one, and said how she was left thoroughly unimpressed with some of the comments.

“Firstly ‘Did Lena eat the cast of Girls’ just isn't a very good joke - I could punch that up for the Tweeter,” she said.

“Secondly, it's ironic to have my body compared to a body that was also the subject of public scorn- an echo chamber of body shaming.

"But lastly, when will we learn to stop equating thinness with health/happiness?”

Lena Dunham is three years sober (
Shutterstock)
 Touching upon her addiction to prescription medication, in which she celebrated three years sober in April this year, Lena continued: “Of course weight loss can be the result of positive change in habits, but guess what? So can weight gain. The pics I’m being compared to are from when I was in active addiction with undiagnosed illness. In the four years since I've gotten sober and begun my life as someone who aspires toward health and not just achievement.

“These changes have allowed me to be the kind of sister/friend/daughter that I want to be and yes- meet my husband (who, by the way, doesn't recognise me in those old photos because he sees how dimmed my light was.)

“I say this for any other person whose appearance has been changed with time, illness or circumstance-it's okay to live in your present body without treating it as transitional. I am, and I'm really enjoying it.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Lena.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram - lenadunham

Topics: Celebrity