Lena Dunham has been targeted by body-shaming trolls since Girls first hit the small screen five years ago, thanks to her no-fucks-given attitude towards nudity.
But when Lena slimmed down recently, which she’s attributed to both yoga and losing her appetite after Donald Trump won the US presidential election, she was criticised for losing weight, as she revealed when she appeared on Ellen this week.
"It's just so crazy because I spent six years of my career being called things like 'bag of milk' on the internet—'bag of milk,' 'baby cow,' 'aging cow’” she told Ellen.
“I just never felt self-conscious about it. I was like, 'Anyone who is going to take the time to say something negative about my weight on the internet isn't someone I was particularly keen to impress anyway.'
“Then I had this experience of my body changing. Suddenly I got all these people saying, 'You're a hypocrite. I thought you were body positive. I thought you were a person who embraced body types of all sizes,'" Lena said. "I do. I just understand that bodies change. We live a long time. Things happen."
The Girls star, writer and director then summed the whole bullshit situation up perfectly:
"It really was evidence that as a woman in Hollywood, you just can't win."
It’s an important point, because often some members of the public feel a false sense of ownership over the bodies of women in the spotlight, thinking they have the right to have a say when they gain weight, lost weight, cut their hair, literally anything.
Spoiler alert: they don’t.