Lena Dunham talks body shaming, industry standards, and motherhood
18 February 2016 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Lena Dunham has been interviewed by Jane Fonda for Paper magazine’s latest issue and the two talked about feminism as well as body shaming.
The 29-year-old star and creator of the HBO series “Girls” shared with the 78-year-old that she has dealt with body image issued and the target of body shaming. Fonda also experienced such.
She shared, "All the characters I play always dress like they're a size 0 when they're actually a size 10. Some might call it 'delusional' and I like to think about it as this sort of rocket confidence that's a little unearned but better than the opposite. I think that it was important to me also to announce that 'this is what I look like. I don't have an interest in changing unless it's on my own terms.'"
Dunham has been the target of criticism as she often appears naked on “Girls” and she said that she plans to continue with that despite the negative comments from strangers on the internet.
She pointed out to Fonda that she won’t say that she will never lose weight but if she has to, it would be because of reasons that made sense to her and not to try and meet some industry standard. She shared in her book “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman tells You What She’s Learned” that she did try to lose weight before she began filming “Girls” but ended up in the hospital due to her excessive dieting and use of laxatives.
Fonda also told Dunham that she battled bulimia back when she was a teenager and even during her adult life. She shared to Dunham that her father made her feel unattractive.
Dunham also talked about wanting to be a mother and that it is an important matter to her. She said that adoption is an option adding that she told her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff , that if fertility becomes an issue for them, she won’t be spending six years in IVF .
She added, "It's not important enough to me that my child comes out of my body and it's not important to me, really at all, that the child belonged to Jack and me on a genetic level. It's important to me that we have the right child for us and take the right kind of care of them."