Lena Dunham created award-winning HBO series Girls at the age of 25, but she's made headlines today for an entirely different reason.
The outspoken writer and director was targeted by a magazine due to her 'dramatic slimdown' and put on the cover alongside the headline, "How She Gets Motivated".
But of course, not everyone approaches their fitness routine with the outcome of weight loss in mind, and Lena Dunham believes this is not something to be celebrated. This is particularly important as she has spoken out about her weight loss being linked to mental health issues like anxiety disorder in the past. Instead, workouts should be about a happier, healthier lifestyle and to improve your general wellbeing.
She addressed the matter on Instagram, instead providing some ironic 'slimdown tips' to prove her point that this is not what we should be focusing on.
"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"
So what can we all take from this? Your health and fitness is a personal thing and you shouldn't be judged by it. Don't workout for others, do it for yourself. And women are worth so much more than their looks, and their true achievements should be celebrated.