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Lena Dunham isn't shy when it comes to showcasing her body on her hit TV show Girls.

However, getting the fashion industry to accept a regular sized, cellulite speckled physique isn't always the easiest endeavour.

This week Lena is praising Glamour for showing off her gorgeous, un-retouched body on the cover of it's February edition.

The cover sees Lena posing with her Girls co-stars Jemina Kirke, Allison Williams and Zosia Mamet, decked out in Spice Girls-esque platform booties and rainbow hued ensembles from Marc Jacob's new season. 

Most magazines air brush out any signs of imperfection, from cellulite to moles to less than symmetrical features (Lena was previously caught up in a photoshop drama with Vogue), but February's Glamour cover shows Lena just as she is, cellulite and all. 

Taking to Instagram, Lena praised the fashion tome for their inclusivity and penned a heartfelt caption about her experiences with body shaming. 

"Throughout my teens I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I was f**king funny looking. Potbelly, rabbit teeth, knock knees — I could never seem to get it right and it haunted my every move," she wrote.

"I posed as the sassy confident one, secretly horrified and hurt by careless comments and hostility. Let's get something straight: I didn't hate what I looked like — I hated the culture that was telling me to hate it."

"When my career started, some people celebrated my look but always through the lens of 'Isn't she brave? Isn't it such a bold move to show THAT body on TV?'"


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"Then there were the legions of trolls who made high school teasing look like a damned joke with the violent threats they heaped on, the sickening insults that made me ache for teen girls like me who might be reading my comments."

"Well, 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 continued.

"Whether you agree with my politics, like my show or connect to what I do, it doesn't matter — my body isn't fair game. No one's is, no matter their size, colour, gender identity, and there's a place for us all in popular culture to be recognised as beautiful."


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Lena's cover is getting lots of positive feedback online, with fans rejoicing over the display of body positivity.

However, like all images featuring women who chose to detach themselves from typical beauty norms, the image is also garnering hate from online trolls. 

"Haters are gonna have to get more intellectual and creative with their disses in 2017 because none of us are going to be scared into muumuus by faceless basement dwellers, or cruel blogs, or even our partners and friends," said the star. Hear hear!


Living in a country whose government has yet to extend women the right to bodily autonomy means it’s highly likely you have a view on the 8th amendment.

Whether for or against its repeal, you have an opinion on abortion.

And so too does Lena Dunham.

Indeed, the pilot episode of her award-winning series, Girls, focuses on a character’s decision to terminate a pregnancy while a later episode addresses the repercussions born of a woman’s right to choose.

And yet despite being commended for a searingly accurate portrayal, Lena seems to think that her stance on the matter is – on some level – less authentic because she herself has never had an abortion.

Speaking during a recent Women of the Hour podcast, Lena admitted that stigma surrounding abortion had – despite her best efforts – infiltrated her thought-process.

“One day when I was visiting Planned Parenthood in Texas a few years ago, a young girl walked up to me and asked me if I’d like to be part of her project in which women share stories of abortions.”

“I sort of jumped,” Lena admitted. ‘I haven’t had an abortion’, I told her. I wanted to make it really clear that as much as I was going out and fighting for other women’s options, I myself had never had an abortion.”

“And I realised then that even I was carrying within myself stigma around the issue,“ she continued. “Even I, the woman who cares as much as anybody about a woman’s right to choose, felt it was important that people know I was unblemished in this department.”

Look, there are very few of us who haven’t, at some point, found ourselves unwittingly influenced by an external narrative, but recognising this is simply part and parcel of forming an adult opinion.

Worryingly however, Lena isn’t content to merely acknowledge this element of opinion formation and move on, but instead suggests that a person's perspective is less valid if they don't have first-hand experience of the matter.

“I feel so proud of them for their bravery, for their self-knowledge, and it was a really important moment for me then to realise that I had internalised some of what society was throwing at us and I had to put it in the garbage.”

“Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had,” she admitted.

Let’s consider that for a moment – Lena wishes she had had an abortion. And not because she is now a mother who is unequipped emotionally and/ or financially to care for a child, but so she might be able to wave her pro-choice flag that little bit higher.

Would it really make her stance on bodily autonomy more, shall we say, authentic if she had personally endured the same emotional turmoil that invariably accompanies a woman’s decision to terminate a pregnancy? 

Is Lena really suggesting that her opinion on women's rights has less sway because she hasn’t found herself grappling with a certain decision?

By that token, is an individual, who protests against racial discrimination, in less of a position to do so until they themselves have been a victim of it?

Similarly, can the average Joe not object to homophobic rhetoric unless they themselves have been in a same-sex relationship?

And did the voices of the women, who marched through Dublin demanding an appeal of the 8th amendment on behalf of themselves, their sisters, their daughters and their friends, ring any less true simply because not all present had undergone a termination?

Isn’t Lena missing the point here? She appears to be under the misguided impression that women who have had abortions only seek and appreciate the support of those who have made the same choice, and ultimately dismiss the support of those who haven't.

Supporting a woman’s right to choose does not require we live parallel lives.

Demanding bodily autonomy for women does not necessitate a past ‘abortion story’.

And ‘wishing’ you had had an abortion purely so your opinion on the matter appears more authentic belittles the experience of the very women you’re claiming to support.

Don’t wish you had an abortion; wish that the women who did could have done it without judgement.



Girls writer and actress Lena Dunham is known for her staunch feminist stance and relatable humour.

However, the star recently made a comment about abortion that didn't go down too well.

Speaking on her podcast Women Of The Hour, she said: "I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”

On the podcast segment, Lena was discussing time when she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic and was asked to share her experiences on abortion.

“I sort of jumped. ‘I haven’t had an abortion,’ I told her. I wanted to make it really clear to her that, as much as I was going out and fighting for other women’s options, I myself had never had an abortion,” she recalled.

“And I realised then that even I was carrying within myself stigma around this issue. Even I, the woman who cares as much as anybody about a woman’s right to choose, felt that it was important that people know that I was unblemished in this department.”

Listeners were quick to criticise the obvious offensiveness of the comedian's statements, which could be perceived as very hurtful to women who have gone through an abortion.

Twitter users also slated the star for aligning herself with the pro-choice movement, as her comments do not represent their views.


"Please don't mistake Lena Dunham's comment as pro-choice. What she said was pro-abortion which, until she said it, was not an actual thing," said one.

Her comments were branded "insensitive and ignorant" by others.


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The writer then took to Instagram to apologise for her comments.

"I would never, ever intentionally trivialise the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy. My only goal is to increase awareness and decrease stigma."

The star admitted that she had "messed up" and in attempt to make up for it, gave a "sizeable donation" to a pro-choice fund.


Girls was literally a show that spoke to us like no other.

It wasn't about the glitz and glam of living on the Upper East Side or trying to get boys from The OC to like us, it was about real-life ups and downs and showed us that our lives don't have to be perfect all of the time.

So after six seasons, it'll be sad to see it leave our TV screens.


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But one person that is particularly upset about the departure is Allison Williams who played Marnie on the show.

She took to Instagram today to share an emotional goodbye.

"Marnie has officially gone wherever all characters go when we stop watching them. And I couldn't feel luckier that I got to play her.

"This lady, @lenadunham, gave me everything. She gave me the most incredible challenges and adventures and the opportunity to know and love our GIRLS family.

"She also gave me her fierce friendship, wit, love, and loyalty, all while making me giggle on a constant basis.

"Sitting next to Lena while being directed by @jennikonner, it all felt completely right. Then I immediately burst into some pretty rare tears, because it hit me that I don't know what my adult life looks like without Girls."

No… We didn't shed a tear…


Like almost everything else she has dealt with in life, actress and writer, Lena Dunham, has been exceedingly candid about her struggles with Endometriosis.

Opening up about the condition in her newsletter, Lena wrote: "From the first time I got my period, it didn’t feel right. The stomachaches began quickly and were more severe than the mild-irritant cramps seemed to be for the blonde women in pink-hued Midol commercials."

"Those might as well have been ads for yoghurt or the ocean, that’s how little they conveyed my experience of menstruating," she added.

And after more than a decade living with with the condition, Lena eventually underwent surgery in the past year and insists the procedure has had a profound impact on her life. 

"I am strong because of what I’ve dealt with," she said. "I am oddly fearless for a wimp with no upper body strength. And I am no longer scared of my body. In fact, I listen to it when it speaks."

Confirming this, Lena took to Instagram last night to share a snap of herself at a pool party she attended alongside her Girls co-stars.

"Mother bleeping pool party at the Hilton Garden Inn," she wrote, "Say hi guys! The pool party rages on."

Making reference to her condition and the surgery she underwent last November, she added: "When the Target swimsuit does a b**ch right, Endo scars & all."

Following the surgery, Lena told fans and followers: "I was better than I had been in ten years."

You go, Lena!



Lena Dunham: one part actor, one part writer, and one part social justice warrior.

Known just as much for her stance on feminism as she is her role in the television industry, Lena is generally no stranger to making waves, and doing it well.

But this time, people simply aren't having it.

In a move which has forced her to reconsider her own response to personal insecurities, Lena has apologised to New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for projecting her own issues on to him.

In a passage for her newsletter, Lena recalled meeting the athlete at the Met Gala, writing: "I was sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr., and it was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards."

"He was like, “That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.” It wasn’t mean—he just seemed confused. The vibe was very much like, “Do I want to f*ck it? Is it wearing a … yep, it’s wearing a tuxedo. I’m going to go back to my cell phone," Lena wrote.

While some lauded Lena for highlighting a supposed phenomenon between women and men who don't find them attractive, others called Lena out on using Odell as a vehicle to push her agenda.

And with the benefit of hindsight, it sounds like Lena is actually with them on this one.

Taking to Instagram to issue apology to the athlete at the weekend, she wrote: "I owe Odell Beckham Jr an apology."


I owe Odell Beckham Jr an apology. Despite my moments of bravado, I struggle at industry events (and in life) with the sense that I don't rep a certain standard of beauty and so when I show up to the Met Ball surrounded by models and swan-like actresses it's hard not to feel like a sack of flaming garbage. This felt especially intense with a handsome athlete as my dinner companion and a bunch of women I was sure he'd rather be seated with. But I went ahead and projected these insecurities and made totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, then presented those assumptions as facts. I feel terrible about it. Because after listening to lots of valid criticism, I see how unfair it is to ascribe misogynistic thoughts to someone I don't know AT ALL. Like, we have never met, I have no idea the kind of day he's having or what his truth is. But most importantly, I would never intentionally contribute to a long and often violent history of the over-sexualization of black male bodies- as well as false accusations by white women towards black men. I'm so sorry, particularly to OBJ, who has every right to be on his cell phone. The fact is I don't know about his state of mind (I don't know a lot of things) and I shouldn't have acted like I did. Much love and thanks, Lena

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"Despite my moments of bravado, I struggle at industry events (and in life) with the sense that I don’t rep a certain standard of beauty and so when I show up to the Met Ball surrounded by models and swan-like actresses it’s hard not to feel like a sack of flaming garbage."

"But I went ahead and projected these insecurities and made totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, then presented those assumptions as facts," she admitted.

Acknowledging accusations levelled at her, she added: "I would never intentionally contribute to a long and often violent history of the over-sexualization of black male bodies—as well as false accusations by white women towards black men."

"The fact is, I don’t know (I don’t know a lot of things) and I shouldn’t have acted like I did," she finished in a post which has been liked over 24,000 times.

Unfortunately for Lena, not everyone is impressed by the post with some suggesting the star didn't even write it herself and others admitting that they're tired of her rhetoric.

Whatever about Instagram, we wonder if Odell has accepted Lena's apology…



Amy Schumer has opened up about the impact the murder of two women has had on her while being interviewed for Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter this week.

Upon learning that two women had been killed by a gunman during a screening of her film Trainwreck in Louisiana in 2015, Amy admitted she struggled to come to terms with the news.

"I mean, on paper it’s like yes, of course, yes, you connect to that, two women were murdered, you know," she said. 

"But knowing it was my movie, and … that they went and they bought tickets and wanted to go see this movie, it just crushed me," she admitted.

The stand-up comedian grappled with a form of guilt in the aftermath of the incident, saying: "I felt so powerless. And it felt a little bit like something that I had done, that there was a connection to me actually hurting people."

Amy recalled receiving a text from Jennifer Lawrence after the incident which she insists brought her solace the time – something which many people might struggle to understand.

"You know, that is actually when I felt the closest to Jennifer Lawrence, because that day she texted me, ‘It’s your fault,’" Amy remembered.

"And in times like that only jokes make you feel a little better," Amy explained while Lena added: "Jennifer Lawrence texting ‘It’s your fault’ is like the greatest worst thing I ever heard."

33-year-old Jillian Johnson and 21-year-old Mayci Breaux were killed by John Russel Houser in July 2015.


She may have started her career on children’s television, but the hidden meaning behind Ariana Grande’s new song proves that this star is most definitely a grown-up.

Innocently enough when Side to Side’s featured artist Nicki Minaj told MTV that the “whole song is about riding leading to soreness” we presumed she meant riding bicycles because the single’s video shows its lead singer leading a spin class.

But apparently we were very very wrong as it has now been suggested that Side to Side is actually about being left a bit sore after a marathon sex session.  WTF, right?

On Tuesday Girls creator Lena Dunham ever so delicately explained via Twitter that she had experienced “SO MANY EMOTIONZ” after learning that Side to Side is about “getting railed so hard you can’t walk”.

That same day Lena’s comments were retweeted by Ariana herself who contributed nothing more to the puzzle solving expedition than a few cryptic emojis.




Fans are taking the singer’s retweet as confirmation that the rumours are true and, given that the song does contain the phrase “d*ck bicycle” (sorry!), it looks like they mightn’t be too far wrong.




There are a number of female celebrities who we'd happily walk over hot coals for. (Chrissy Teigen, we're looking at you.)

Whether it's their attitude, their humour or their sense of style, some women make us want to be bigger and better at everything we do, and for Lena Dunham, that person is Rihanna.

Taking to social media earlier this morning, the Girls actor laid bare her feelings for the Work singer, and Twitter cannot cope with the accuracy of the sentiment.

"I would literally do anything for Rihanna," Lena wrote in a post which has been liked thousands of times in mere hours.

"I just want to make her as happy as she makes me. Whatever seh needs," she continued. "That's not creepy, right?"

Reassuring Lena that it's totally OK to feel her feelings – whatever they may be – the star's followers admitted that the feelings she has for Rihanna are the exact same as the ones they have for her.

"Does it feel creepy if I say I feel the same for you." wrote one. "I knew it wouldn't. I can be your second best friend after riri."

"That's exactly how I feel with you and Jack," added another follower, referring to Lena's relationship with Jack Antonoff of Fun fame.

Some of of Lena's fans, however, decided to play Devil's Advocate with the actress and tested her limits when it came to her love for Ri-Ri.

"What if she called you at 4am just to talk from a different time zone cuz she was lonely on tour?" wrote one.

"Would you drive her to the airport?" they added. "Would you help her move?"

Something tells us it'd be a yes on all fronts.



Filming a collection of naked celebrities in bed together is always going to get a reaction – even if those celebrities are actually made of wax.

So it's little surprise that Kanye West's new Famous video has caused a whole lot of WTF feelings online.

Although most of those who actually feature in the controversial clip – which shows everyone from Taylor Swift to Donald Trump in bed with Kim Kardsahian West and her infamous video-creating husband – have yet to comment, Girls creator Lena Dunham has stepped up to offer her thoughts on what she's dubbed "one of the more disturbing ‘artistic’ efforts in recent memory".

In a lengthy Facebook post the avid feminist divided the Kardashian-West household by slamming Kanye’s work while praising Kim and her sisters for the way they represent women.

She wrote: “Like many pop culture addicted Americans, I wait with bated breath for what Kanye West will do next. Aside from his Twitter mayhem, he has created some really ‘next level sh*t’.”

“I could also happily watch Kim Kardashian West chip the paint off a window ledge for hours and be fascinated.”

“I admire that whole family, love the way they depict women as better in numbers and masters of their own destiny. I'd spend all summer at Kamp Kardashian.”

“But…the Famous video is one of the more disturbing ‘artistic’ efforts in recent memory.”

After referencing the recent Stanford rape case, Bill Crosby's sexual assault allegations and the alarming issue of sexual assaults being streamed online, the author said: “I'm sure that Bill Cosby doll being in the bed alongside Donald Trump is some kind of statement, that I'm probably being trolled on a super high level.”

“I know that there's a hipper or cooler reaction to have than the one I'm currently having. But guess what? I don't have a hip cool reaction."

"Seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift…reduced to a pair of waxy breasts…makes me feel sad and unsafe and worried for the teenage girls who watch this and may not understand that grainy roving camera as the stuff of snuff films.”

“Here's the thing, Kanye: you're cool. Make a statement on fame and privacy and the Illuminati or whatever is on your mind!”

“But I can't watch it, don't want to watch it, if it feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe even in their own beds, in their own bodies.”


Now, here's an odd celeb pairing.

Mullingar man Niall Horan has his fair share of celebrity pals – he's hung out with everyone from Selena Gomez to Ariana Grande over the last few months.

But one celebrity we'd never have paired the One Direction star with is writer and actress Lena Dunham, the mastermind behind HBO's Girls.

Turns out we were missing a trick though, as the two have indeed been having the chats on social media. Well, they've had one exchange at least.

Things kicked off when Niall tweeted the official Girls account on Monday to pass on his praise for the "absolutely hilarious" show:

And while Niall seems to be a big fan of Lena's work, we're not sure the feeling is mutual, as her response was definitely a dig at 1D's lyrics.

Posting a screenshot of the tweet to her Instagram, Lena ripped off the lyrics to Perfect, adding in a few key Girls references.

"But if you like having panic attacks up in hotel rooms / And if you like a lot of complex fear stuff around men and sex," she wrote.

"If you like to do the things you’re too ashamed to admit to anyone but your therapist / Then baby, I’m perfect." 

Oh, and the best part? She doesn't even follow him on Twitter, at least not if her screenshot is telling the truth:

Hmmm… wonder if this is Lena's revenge for Harry Styles' d*ckhead treatment to her bestie Taylor Swift?

Either way, there's no reply from Niall as yet. Hopefully he saw the funny side…


Lena Dunham has never been one to hold back with her opinions, and mostly she's totally on the ball.

Today though, there's been some unexpected drama, which started this morning when she called out a Spanish-language magazine for Photoshopping an image of her for their cover.

So far, so unsurprising. Plenty of magazines using editing tools, and Lena wouldn't be the first celebrity to hit back about it.

"[T]his is NOT what my body has ever looked like or will ever look like – the magazine has done more than the average photoshop," she wrote in a comment directed at TENTACIONES magazine, who feature her on their March cover.

However within hours, staff at the magazine responded – and explained they hadn't used ANY editing tools on the image. 

In fact, all they had done was crop the edges so it would fit their cover, a simple task that can be done using any PC.

"For the front cover of the magazine we used an image from the shoot you did in 2013 with the photographer Ruven Afanador, and which was published at the time by Entertainment Weekly," the open letter reads. 

"Here at TENTACIONES, we acquired the photo via the Corbis agency, and we used the original that they sent us without applying any kind of retouching. 

"Those who are familiar with and follow our magazine will know that we do not use Photoshop nor other digital tools to change the physical appearance of our cover stars, nor in the features to be found inside.

"On this occasion, the only thing we did was to crop the image to adapt it to the format of our front page."

They also linked to an original copy of the image, shared on Facebook by photographer Ruven Afanador back in 2013. Awks.

And they were sure to finish things off just a little cheekily, saying, "We are delighted to see that you still have your rebellious spirit. Let us have your address and we’ll send you our magazine as a courtesy every month, so that you can see for yourself that we like to reflect things the way that they really are."

Now to wait and see what Lena has to say…