Lena Dunham Had the Perfect Response to a Magazine Cover Promising "Diet Tips"
Lena Dunham has made it clear that her body is nobody's business (she's right, of course). But when a magazine cover ignores those wishes, highlights her recent weight loss, and promises to reveal her diet secrets, you can bet the "Girls" star is going to speak out in response. And that's exactly what Lena did, in her signature hilariously honest humor.
Lena shared an Instagram of a magazine cover that features a recent photo of her, next to the bold headline that reads "20 Slimdown Diet Tips Stars Are Using." The cover also promises to reveal how Lena herself "stays motivated" in this alleged weight-loss journey. But the actress decided to save her fans the trouble of buying the publication, and instead shared her own personal "slimdown diet tips" in the caption—simultaneously shutting down the ridiculousness of the cover in the process.
The list of Lena's 20 "tips" ranges from her personal health issues ("anxiety disorder," "resultant constant nausea," "abdominal adhesions pinning ovary below uterus," "bladder spasms, urinary frequency and urgency") to the current political climate ("an election that reveals the true depths of American misogyny," "constant sweaty dreams of dystopian future"). As far as exercise tips, Lena cites "marching your ass off" and "sleeping 19 hours a day" as her primary sources of activity. Then there's also the "harrowing threats to physical safety" and the "worrying ceaselessly about the health and safety of women you know and women you don't." All of that mental strain leads to Lena's current diet, where "a quiet rage that replaces need for food with need for revenge." The general theme? None of these inadvertent reasons for unintentional weight loss—many were associated with her battle with endometriosis for the past two years—are anything that a person would want to willingly replicate.
While the entire list helps to drive Lena's point home, it's the final two "tips" that really nail the crux of the issue. "Um, who the f—k cares?" she writes. "I have no tips, I give no tips, I don't want to be on this cover cuz it's diametrically opposed to everything I've fought my whole career for and it's not a compliment to me because it's not an achievement thanx."
This isn't the first time that the 30-year-old actress has been vocal about people commenting on her weight—whether it's gone up, down, or stayed the same. "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," she recently wrote on social media. "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."
Lena's words on body positivity > any ridiculous, superficial "slimdown tips."
20 slimdown diet tips! 1. anxiety disorder * 2. resultant constant nausea 3. an election that reveals the true depths of American misogyny 4. constant sweaty dreams of dystopian future 5. abdominal adhesions pinning ovary below uterus * 6. baseless but still harrowing threats to physical safety online and through smail mail 7. watching institutions you love from Planned Parenthood to PBS be threatened by cartoon mustache-twirling villains 8. finally realizing superheroes aren't real (specifically the X-Factor, really thought they'd handle this) 9. marching your ass off 10. a quiet rage that replaces need for food with need for revenge 11. sleeping 19 hours a day 12. realizing that even the liberal media wants dem clicks no matter whut 13. worrying ceaselessly about the health and safety of women you know and women you don't 14. realizing who ya real friends are 15. having to switch from Uber to Lyft (lots of calories burned trying to understand a new app, then even more trying to understand if the conflict was resolved) 16. bladder spasms, urinary frequency and urgency * 17. having your phone number leaked and violent images texted to your phone by randos under names like VERYFATCHUCKYBOY@creepz.com 18. keeping your back arched against the wind 19. um, who the fuck cares? 20. I have no tips I give no tips I don't want to be on this cover cuz it's diametrically opposed to everything I've fought my whole career for and it's not a compliment to me because it's not an achievement thanx * Star indicates a pre-existing condition
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