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Lena Dunham isn’t afraid to call out unauthorized uses of her photos — especially when the photo itself champions a cause which the actress herself does not stand for.
In a recent issue of Us Weekly, Dunham’s photo was used as art for a story titled “20 Slimdown Diet Tips Stars Are Using,” with the caption, “Lena: How she gets motivated,” underneath her image. But Dunham, who has already publicly addressed her weight loss, which was related to the lifestyle changes she was making in order to alleviate the pain from her endometriosis, did not appreciate the association with the “slimdown” story.
The actress posted a photo of the article on Instagram, along with 20 of her own “tips” for weight loss, including “anxiety disorder,” “constant sweaty dreams of dystopian future,” “marching your ass off” and a reference to her chronic condition: “abdominal adhesions pinning ovary below uterus.” The 30-year-old even squeezed in an allusion to the recent healthcare bill passed by the House of Representatives by marking “anxiety disorder” and her endometriosis with an asterisk, which “indicates a pre-existing condition.”
The list culminates in tip 20, in which Dunham writes, “I have no tips, I give no tips, I don’t want to be on this cover cause 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 [sic].”
The Girls creator has long maintained that she is comfortable with her body no matter what her size, and takes issue with others who see her weight loss as something to be celebrated.
Last year, Dunham called out the Spanish magazine Tentaciones for using a photo which she believed to be retouched in order to make her appear thinner. “I have a long and complicated history with retouching,” she wrote at the time. “I wanna live in this wild world and play the game and get my work seen, and I also want to be honest about who I am and what I stand for.”
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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