Lena Dunham called out a magazine for putting her on its weight loss cover in a genius Instagram post

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • Lena Dunham was recently featured on the cover of a tabloid magazine about diet tips for weight loss.
  • The writer and actress responded with a clever Instagram post with her own 20 “diet tips,” in which she explained how she lost weight through her struggle with endometriosis and emotional stress.
  • Among her diet tips are an “anxiety disorder,” “abdominal adhesions pinning ovary below uterus,” and “having to switch from Uber to Lyft.”

If you’ve watched a single episode of “Girls,” or follow her on Instagram, you’ll know that Lena Dunham is not shy about showing or talking about her body.

Dunham’s openness has made her a role model of body positivity, and she has made it clear that her body is off-limits as a topic of discussion.

But that didn’t stop one magazine from featuring Dunham on its cover next to the words “20 Slimdown Diet Tips,” and “Lena: How she gets motivated.”

The magazine, which Refinery29 identifies as Us Weekly, evidently printed the photo without Dunham’s permission. So the writer and actress took to Instagram to offer an appropriate response, with 20 “diet tips” of her own.

Here’s the offending cover:

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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Dunham has attributed her recent weight loss to emotional stress, which she has said was brought on by the 2016 election result, and illness; she has spoken about her struggle with endometriosis, and was even admitted to hospital after the Met Gala during a flare-up.

She reiterated some of this in her “diet tips.” Here they are in full:

“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 f*** 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”
 

Seven weeks ago, the writer and actress posted this caption on an Instagram post of a Refinery29 article, entitled “People Need To Stop Talking About Lena Dunham’s Weight”:

“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. 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.” 

Clearly, a certain tabloid magazine didn’t get the memo.

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