Lena Dunham On The Media, Body Image, Mental Health & Her New Book


We all love Lena Dunham. Not just because she is the “voice of a generation” as many are calling her, but because she truly is stepping up and showing the media what it looks like to not fit into the stereotype mold and still be wildly successful. In fact she has spoken about the idea of accepting yourself the way you are being the key to success in her interview with Vogue magazine, the same issue that she was on the cover of.

Yep, it turns out you don’t have to try be a high fashion model to be on the cover of one of the world’s biggest selling magazines, just be yourself and be a bright spark in the world.

Well aside from being the creator of the hit HBO show ‘Girls’ and starring as lead character Hannah Horvath, Lena has just released her new book ‘Not That Kind Of Girl‘ which many fans have been dying to read.

She appeared on Good Morning America with host (and fellow inspirational woman) Robin Roberts to rap about what people can expect from the book, as well as her take on a few other issues like mental illness.

Although she gets the question all the time and is probably sick of it, she spoke about the source of her positive body image and why it is important other girls follow suit.

“I spend a lot of my career trying to break down the negative forces that the media exerts on women in trying to control their body image, so for me it’s all very sort of anathema to who I am to admit that I too have struggled with the concept of perfection.”

She has written about this topic in the book and doesn’t shy away from giving any details, which, if you have seen any episodes of ‘Girls’, we’re sure you are familiar with Hannah’s penchant for nudity and baring all emotionally.


She also talks about how changing her perspective of food and diet became a great help in the road to success, but not in the “get skinny quick” way that we hear a lot of from other female celebs.

“When you love your job and love what you do, you feel like a tool being put to its proper use and you see food as fuel and a way to get where you need to go, and less to your demise,” she said.

“Diet is a four-letter word, I learned that from my grandma and I will take that to the grave.”

For those who don’t know, Lena has obsessive compulsive disorder, which may not seem like a big deal because she is hugely successful, but the issue of mental health is a conversation worth having according to her.

“There is a conversion about mental health that needs to happen in the country that we’re just at the beginning of, and all of us sharing the struggles in the world inside our heads whether big or small can help us normalize mental health problems,” she said. “I was very lucky to have parents who had a forward-thinking attitude about putting me in therapy and giving me the tools I need to move forward. They had the foresight to put me in therapy and encourage me to create, and the book is dedicated to them for that reason.”

One of the reasons she gives for needing more information and awareness about mental illness is because of the many shootings that happen in America every year. You gotta admit, she has a damn good point!

In another interview with Purdue University Associate Professor and best-selling author Roxanne Gay for Vulture, Lena talks about how feminism gave her the courage to speak up and is basically the reason she is the role model she is today.

“Everything I do, I do because I was told that as a woman, my voice deserves to heard, my rights are to be respected, and my job was to make that possible for others,” she says before explaining how she views the evolution of a movement that she describes is the “closest thing to religion” for her.

“I think there are two parts of it. There is the part where we are fighting for social justice and equality, and hopefully there will be a time where we don’t need that, but then there is also like the mystical cult of being female. And I know that we are in a time where we are talking about gender in a complex way, and I would never want to subscribe to some outdated notion of a “magical female community,” but I feel very, very close to being female. It is not just a part of my identity, it is my identity.”

Check out the video with Robin Roberts below, after all if you are dying to see the next season of ‘Girls’, this bit of Lena Dunham screen time can somewhat fill the void:

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