Lena Dunham Shares Body Positive Short Essay About ‘Glamour’ Cover Shoot

Lena Dunham and the cast of Girls are the latest ladies to grace the cover of Glamour, looking fabulous in the latest platform party shoes from Marc Jacobs. Dunham took to Instagram to post a short body positive essay about the photoshoot and it’s importance, as while as her own personal struggle with body image and society’s reactions to the way she looks.

She begins: “Okay, here goes: throughout my teens I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I was fucking funny looking. Potbelly, rabbit teeth, knock knees- I could never seem to get it right and it haunted my every move.”

Dunham continues: “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?'”

And concludes: “Today this body is on the cover of a magazine that millions of women will read, without photoshop, my thigh on full imperfect display. 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, color, gender identity, and there’s a place for us all in popular culture to be recognized as beautiful.”

You can read the full interview with the Girls cast at Glamour, as well as see their vibrant photoshoot. And check out Dunham’s full post below.

Okay, here goes: throughout my teens I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I was fucking funny looking. Potbelly, rabbit teeth, knock knees- I could never seem to get it right and it haunted my every move. 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?” 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. 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, color, gender identity, and there’s a place for us all in popular culture to be recognized as beautiful. 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. Thank you to the women in Hollywood (and on Instagram!) leading the way, inspiring and normalizing the female form in EVERY form, and thank you to @glamourmag for letting my cellulite do the damn thing on news stands everywhere today Love you all.

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Linkage: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Supports Illinois Same-Sex Marriage, Emmy Rossum Is Just Too Pretty

Bow-tie enthusiast and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson stopped by Chicago yesterday to lend his support in the fight for same-sex marriage, the legislation for which may pass in the Illinois General Assembly before the session ends on June 9. Said Ferguson: "A lot of people who were not comfortable with marriage equality … turn on the television and see a show that has a lot of different families in it — and one of those families just happens to be gay. They’re realizing they have a great time watching the show, then they’re watching a gay couple that’s having a lot of the same problems and issues they have. They realize ‘Oh they’re not so different from me.’ And at that point, we’re in their living rooms." [Chicagoist]

South Korean screenwriter Young Il Kim has penned a film titled Rodham about, well, duh. [Politico]

Speaking of questionably titled biopics, jOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher, will close out the Sundance Film Festival and see an April theatrical release. [Deadline New York]

If you were rooting for Lil’ Wayne in your office Worst Tattoo of 2013 pool, it looks like you’re coming out ahead already. [Crushable]

Zooey Deschanel in Glamour: "I want to be a fucking feminist and wear a fucking Peter Pan collar. So fucking what?" Do you, girl! [Jezebel]

EGOT winner Mel Brooks gives some solid advice on how to make all of your creative dreams come true. [Fast Company]

Look, I get that times are tough but if you’re willing to let your boss fart on you then maybe you should just go on unemployment? [The Gloss]

If you expect Kathy Griffin to apologize for trying to perform oral sex on Anderson Cooper during the pair’s annual New Year’s Eve hosting gig, you can, well, suck her dick. [EW]

Emmy Rossum (or, as I like to call her, The Poor Man’s Jennifer Love Hewitt) claims she was almost not even considered for her role in Showtime’s Shameless because she was too pretty. It’s a little early in the year for this, yes? [The Frisky]

"[W]e eagerly await the BuzzFeed post, 10 Reasons We Raised $20M to Write More Things Like “Pretty Japanese Girls React to Drinking Poop Wine.” [Observer]

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V Mag Pits Plus-Size Vs. Size Zero

Fashion’s size debate continues to rage. Following in the footsteps of Glamour magazine is V, who announced just a few weeks ago that its January issue would be dedicated to a variety of body types, like the one of iconic, curvaceous, plus size model Crystal Renn (author of Hungry). Shot by Terry Richardson, the shoot has already drummed up its fair share of controversy. All of the images that have been released thus far pit Renn against a significantly skinnier (think: size zero), up-and-coming mannequin named Jacquelyn Jablonski. And, as if shooting the pair side-by-side in identical outfits and mirrored poses wasn’t enough to encourage readers to size up each model by comparison, V provides their measurements as well.

While both stand about 5’9″, Renn measures in at 4-7″ larger in most cases. If anything seeing that Renn’s waist measurement is merely a 31″, it only reinforces the fact that she’s really just average as opposed to especially voluptuous. Visually Renn absolutely stands her own ground. Which, in all likelihood, was V‘s motive in showcasing the shoot in this manner. While the magazine’s intentions may be admirable, I can’t help but agree with Jezebel in its criticism of the shoot. “The way the entire shoot is structured to encourage the reader to compare Renn to Jablonski — as if that’s what we women need, to decide the age-old battle between plus-size and straight-size models… does them both a disservice.”