One of our favourite people, period, is Lena Dunham. She’s inspiring, empowering, and as real and imperfectly perfect a role model as you’re going to get. One of the best things about her is that she makes other women feel that it’s more than okay to not be a stick-thin model or living on a diet of kale and coconut water. Dunham loves her body and often strips down on screen at her own discretion; she’s beautiful inside and out.
But just because she’s happy in her own skin or doesn’t care what others may think doesn’t mean she’s opposed to exercise or staying healthy. The actress and writer has recently taken to fitness in a big way after becoming inspired by her parents who did the same and “look really hot”. Speaking with Letterman about her parents’ recent transformation, Dunham said: “You’re more than twice my age, and I look like a bag of trash next to you.”
Lena has taken to Instagram to share some of her work-out pics, in which she tries out the ‘torturous’ Tracy Anderson Method as well as AcroYoga which she describes herself as “therapeutic flying”.
Sadly, Lena couldn’t engage in a healthy regimen without receiving backlash that she’s ‘selling out’, whatever the hell that means. How is taking care of you body and mind an act of selling out? And how, Lena wonders, can exercise be viewed as anti-feminist? Do all women have to forgo the gym, ditch the make-up or grow armpit hair longer than Tom Hanks in Cast Away before they’ll be taken seriously as feminists? It sounds like these folks need to re-think their definition of the term entirely.
Lena responds to critics via People Magazine: “I don’t think anyone’s gonna be like, ‘You look so good it’s ruined my life… There’s nothing anti-feminist about being healthy.”
“I’m just exercising to be a person who will live past 50,” she continues. “I’m not like on a crazy diet.”
Whether a woman choose to exercise (or shave) or not, it’s her prerogative.