10 Reasons to Love Lena Dunham

Courtesy of V Magazine, shot by Terry Richardson
Courtesy of V Magazine, shot by Terry Richardson

1. Girls. She wrote, acted, and directed the gloriousness that is Girls. I realize this is a polarizing TV show and people either love it or hate it but I stand firmly on the side of love. Sure, I may not live in Brooklyn, I don’t take baths with my friends, and I’ve never once pondered a pixie cut, but the feelings of the twentysomething female experience seem to be semi-universal. We all have a friend like Marnie and many of us have a Jessa too.

Plus, Hannah Horvath proved that I’m not the only one who has thought about saying this to my parents:

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2. Hollywood is filled with carbon copies of the current “it girl”. Lena isn’t that. She isn’t afraid to be her authentic self. That’s certainly rare in Hollywood, but it’s also rare in life. It’s probably what I admire her for the most.

3. She’s friends with everybody. I kind of thought she’d think she was too cool to be buddies with Taylor Swift but turns out, she loves her.

taylor swift and lena dunham

She recently said, about Taylor: “She helps me be stronger and make better decisions.”

4. She’s made feminism cool to a whole new generation. I’m not saying feminism was ever not cool but she’s certainly helped to bring it to the attention of twenty-something women.  Hell yes I want to make exactly the same amount of money as a man. And yes, I want the same opportunities as a man. Feminism = equality.

5. Scrolling through her twitter feed is the fastest way to snarf your coffee and fall out of your desk chair in a fit of giggles.

Lena Dunham Tweets

6. She’s naked. A lot. I swear every time I’m watching the show and N walks in, only to find Lena Dunham naked on-screen again, he wonders aloud “why is she naked so much?”

Here’s what Lena has to say about why she’s naked on the show so often:

“It’s because it’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive, I think, and I totally get it,” said Dunham. “If you are not into me, that’s your problem, and you are going to have to kind of work that out with whatever professionals you’ve hired.”

I kind of love that Lena is naked so much. I honestly think seeing her naked on Girls was the first time I saw a woman who wasn’t a model or model-like naked on a TV screen. She has bumps and lumps and a little extra chunk there? Me too. It felt normal and open and wonderful.

7. She is as obsessed with her dog Lamby as I am with Archie. Proof.

8. She articulates herself in an intelligent way about challenging subjects. That is something to admire.

9. She supports marriage equality and uses her platform to bring attention to its importance.

Lena Dunham Marriage Equality

10. She’s not a mean girl. She recently said this, in an interview with Glamour magazine:

“We live in a society that wants to pit women against each other, and it’s our job to resist the tyranny of that.”

So basically, I love Lena. Season 4 of Girls doesn’t come out until 2015 and I already can’t wait.

  • Love Lena! She’s such an awesome gal. And besides writing, directing, and starring in Girls, she also an executive producer!

  • I adore GIRLS and while I only know about 2 other people who feel the same way, I don’t care. It was only after I researched her did I find out that she wrote and produced as well for the show but it made me love her so much more. I love that she is more realistic of what woman in their 20s are like and for the parts which I don’t identify with, I’m not judging her on it because I know girls like that therefore, she’s show casing real woman, real insecurities and real bodies. She’s awesome and so is this post 🙂

  • She’s just the best. Sometimes I wish she dressed better for her body shape (seriously a pet peeve of mine), but that’s my only thing. I can’t wait for her book to come out!

  • Right on. I read that Glamour interview and loved her even more after. Love or hate her show or her style or whatever, she’s a great role model for women. No cattiness, no measure of shallow superficial tendencies to be found. Lena rocks and I loved this list! 🙂

  • ahhhh i love this list! i have had a strange fascination with Lena for a little over a year, ever since i discovered Girls on demand, and powered through the entire first and second season in like, two days. there is something just so endearing about her, about her realness and how she is so just completely herself all the time. i will say that i don’t always agree with her political views, but that is neither here nor there, really. i don’t always love hannah (because let’s be honest, sometimes hannah is just a complete nut job), and it can be tough sometimes to separate lena from hannah..but even apart from that, i really just love lena.

  • I love Lena Dunham and Girls too. At first I was of the “why is she always naked?” camp too but I agree that it’s refreshing to see someone who isn’t cookie cutter who loves herself and what she looks like.

  • I loved this. You’re changing my views on her…not that I didn’t like her. I also remember the first time watching her on Girls. Nekked. It bothered me at first, but I did admire that she looked more like me than any other actress without clothes on.

    Also, she directs the show? I didn’t know that!

  • I wasn’t a big fan of Girls, but I do love that quote and I do love all that she’s bringing to the entertainment industry and to the feminist movement that we should ALL be in!

  • I already loved her, but this made me love her even more. She’s such a great person.

  • I love this! I adore Lena. I find her so refreshing and she is so talented. I miss Girls already, I can’t believe we have to wait until 2015!

  • I would like to think that I’m pretty comfortable being naked, but DANG, I have seen A LOT of Lena…

  • Lex

    love her! i saw her on the today show recently and she was such a sweetheart talking with savannah. girls makes me so uncomfortable sometimes yet i can’t stop watching!

  • Lena is just too fabulous for words! And I cannot get enough of the show GIRLS. Such a good topic of conversation!

  • I’m not sure what’s wrong with me, but I don’t love that show. I think I need to give it a second chance. With that being said, I LOVE HER. For all the reasons you just said. Love love love her.

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