Sometimes you just need to admire fellow women and what we can DO. It can be so inspiring to look at what women have achieved and what we’re capable of. Today we’re going to take a little time to learn about Lena Dunham.
If you’ve been anywhere near TV, magazines or the internet in the past 3 years I’m sure you’ve at least heard of Lena Dunham. Lena wrote, created and stars in the hit HBO series Girls. Girls follows the lives of 4 “Twenty-something” girls in their twenties living in New York as they go through jobs, education, relationships, arguments and so many other moments in life that we’re all familiar with. The series has won Golden Globes and been credited for its stark honesty and willingness to discuss real issues for women such as body issues, relationships and abortion.
In an age when we’re constantly bombarded with imagery of perfect celebrities with personal trainers and amazing bodies it’s difficult not to become at least a little envious of these somewhat unrealistic celebrity figures. Lena Dunham is a completely different, refreshing role model. When playing Hannah in Girls, Lena has appeared in various states of undress, proudly showing her “imperfect” body. She shows that real women can be just as confident and proud of their bodies as anyone who is toned to perfection.
Lena is open about her struggles with mental illness, having suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and anxiety since her childhood. In Girls we see heartbreaking scenes when Hannah struggles with her OCD, played with painful accuracy by Dunham. In showing such a personal issue, and being so open about it, Lena showed that it’s normal to have such disorders, not every celebrity is perfect.
In her book “Not That Kind of Girl” and in interviews, Lena is open about her stance on Feminism. She states in refreshing and honest ways that there’s nothing wrong with being a feminist, stating “Feminism doesn’t mean women are going to rise, take over the planet, and like cut off men’s testicles.”. In a time when there’s a divide between women being proud to be feminists, and others being afraid to state they believe in feminism at the risk of backlash it’s great to have a young woman, who’s created her own success openly state that it’s okay to have that mindset.
“Do you believe that women should be paid the same for doing the same jobs? Do you believe that women should be allowed to leave the house? Do you think that women and men both deserve equal rights? Great, then you’re a feminist,”
In short, Lena Dunham is a role model worthy of our current times. She embodies all that is good about women, loving yourself regardless, accepting flaws, supporting other women and the ability to succeed. I think we could all learn a little from Lena.