Lena Dunham shaved her head during battle with autoimmune disease

Lena Dunham shaved her head back in 2017 after her hair started falling out due to illness.The Girls creator shared a photo of her brunette locks on Instagram on Sunday and explained that she was embracing her long and luscious hair after shaving it al…

Lena Dunham shaved her head back in 2017 after her hair started falling out due to illness.

The Girls creator shared a photo of her brunette locks on Instagram on Sunday and explained that she was embracing her long and luscious hair after shaving it all off in 2017.

“Two and a half years ago, I shaved my head,” Lena wrote in the caption. “Not in a fun sassy way but in a ‘my hair is all falling out from my autoimmune disease, better rush to the nearest barber shop and pay them 7 bucks to do this’ way.”

The 33-year-old previously revealed that she suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a rare inherited condition that affects connective tissue, with symptoms including joint pain, dislocations, scoliosis, and chronic pain.

In her lengthy post on social media, Lena said she didn’t have “many answers” to her ongoing health struggles, and was too afraid to talk about her hair falling out. At the time, she was worried people would think, “There goes Lena getting another erratic hair cut, just like she has every week since she was seven and cut her own baby bangs with crafting scissors.”

However, chopping off her long, brunette locks made her face her fears and helped to rethink her beauty ideals.

“Let me just say, bald is f**king beautiful, and it’s a full myth that ladies are meant to have luscious hair… but my hair growing has been a living metaphor these last few years – all I did was leave it alone and something I had lost all of came back to be,” she continued. “I’ll carry that knowledge forward and then, you know what? I’ll probably shave my head again. Just for fun, this time.”

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Lena Dunham rejects notion plus-size women should only wear black

Lena Dunham doesn’t want to let her figure stop her from wearing bold and colourful designs. The Girls actress enjoys wearing quirky and creative outfits and refuses to abide by the notion that women who aren’t sample size should be restricted to blac…

Lena Dunham doesn’t want to let her figure stop her from wearing bold and colourful designs.

The Girls actress enjoys wearing quirky and creative outfits and refuses to abide by the notion that women who aren’t sample size should be restricted to black clothing.

“In Hollywood, I feel like there’s this almost rule that if you’re not a sample size, you’re supposed to wear a black column gown and just go simple and surprise people with your hair, ” she told Vogue.com. “I don’t like that rule.”

Lena, who cites eccentric fashion stars Daphne Guinness and Isabella Blow as inspirations for her newfound flamboyant style, likes to select pieces which make her feel “really alive”, but also places importance on comfort.

“I love clothing,” she continued. “And when people notice that I love clothing, it feels really good. For me now, a peasant dress or a funny smocklike shift is just a basic. It’s so trite to say, but you don’t have to trade comfort for style. And there are days where I just need to be cosy, and I’ve had to figure out how to do that in a way that feels chic to me. It can be a challenge, but I’m figuring it out.”

The 33-year-old has become friends with designers such as Christopher Kane, who has a display of her paintings in his London store, and Marco Capaldo and Kikka Cavenati of 16Arlington, who recently cast her in their London Fashion Week runway show.

Lena was first introduced to the design duo by her stylist last year and they ended up outfitting her for the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premiere in London.

“It’s my greatest joy to wear things that are a little bit funny,” she explained. “And what I love about Marco and Kikka is that they make something that fits your body beautifully, but also has a sense of humour. When I attended the Once Upon a Time premiere, I was like, ‘I look like a hot Muppet!'”

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Lena Dunham: ‘I like the way I look’

Lena Dunham loves looking at herself in the mirror because she’s proud of the way she looks.The Girls creator and star was happy with her body in her early 20s, but when she shot to fame due to the huge success of her hit HBO show, she found her figure…

Lena Dunham loves looking at herself in the mirror because she’s proud of the way she looks.

The Girls creator and star was happy with her body in her early 20s, but when she shot to fame due to the huge success of her hit HBO show, she found her figure cruelly scrutinised.

“It’s interesting how numb you become to it. I remember when I was 22 looking in the mirror and thinking, ‘I’m just gorgeous! Look at me! What a babe!'” she told Cosmopolitan U.K. magazine. “And then my career happened, life happened, and instead of growing as it should, that feeling dwindled and I started to look in the mirror and see my pain on the inside rather than beauty on the outside.”

After undergoing a hysterectomy in 2017 to alleviate her severe endometriosis, Lena is accepting of the struggles she’s had with her body.

“It’s funny, I’m probably the heaviest now that I’ve ever been in my entire life, and I’ve been through so much physically, but I look more like when I was 22 than at any other point because I can feel the peace inside me,” she explained. “Sometimes I’ll even find – and you’re not allowed to say this as a woman – that I’ll be sitting there staring in the mirror for two minutes because I like the way I look. I look at myself and think, ‘Woah, I just got lost looking into my own eyes.'”

Lena also recalled an incident that occurred after she had appeared on the cover of U.S. Vogue in 2014, revealing that editors at U.S. gossip website Jezebel were offering $10,000 (£7,600) to anyone who could obtain untouched images of the shoot.

“And people sent them in, and they were comparing the retouched and unretouched images. I remember thinking, ‘You want to basically prove this image of me that I’m so proud of isn’t real?'” she fired.

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Lena Dunham: ‘Sadness is the only thing that’s ever made me lose weight’

Lena Dunham has only ever lost weight when she’s been sad, with her greatest loss coming after her split from long-term boyfriend Jack Antonoff.The 33-year-old actress and singer/producer called time on their relationship in January 2018, after six yea…

Lena Dunham has only ever lost weight when she’s been sad, with her greatest loss coming after her split from long-term boyfriend Jack Antonoff.

The 33-year-old actress and singer/producer called time on their relationship in January 2018, after six years together. And while they’ve now both moved on, Lena reflected on how the break-up affected her physically in a heartfelt piece for Elle U.K.

“Sadness is the only thing that’s ever made me lose weight,” she told the magazine. “Two years ago, during the last gasps of my six-year relationship, I lost weight.

“Not a little weight. Not the kind of weight where your bras feel kind of generous and you marvel at your subtle but oh-wow-it’s-definitely-there-now clavicle. No, it was a lot of weight.”

Recalling that it happened “at first slowly and then all at once”, the Girls star explained that she first started shedding the pounds when she had a stomach infection, then during the 2016 election, when Donald Trump was elected U.S. President, and finally with her split from Jack.

“At the end of that relationship, the weight was falling off in double digits but, as I explained to my closest friends, I experienced none of the heady triumph of the women showing off their formerly-huge jeans in a full page ad for weight-loss pills,” she mused.

Lena’s relationship with food was further complicated when she entered rehab for trauma and prescription drug dependency, leading to her completing a food diary for Elle U.K., explaining: “If I write down what I eat, I’ll have to hold myself accountable and accountable people don’t gain thirty pounds in a single month.

“Yes, I am body positive but I am also a young single woman working in Hollywood and I can’t just pretend that weight is not a thing. It’s a thing.”

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Jenna Lyons making fashion return with TV series

Jenna Lyons is stepping back into the style spotlight with a new TV show.The former head of J. Crew is not a total stranger to working on the small screen, having previously acted as judge on The Fashion Fund, as well as nabbing an acting role in Lena …

Jenna Lyons is stepping back into the style spotlight with a new TV show.

The former head of J. Crew is not a total stranger to working on the small screen, having previously acted as judge on The Fashion Fund, as well as nabbing an acting role in Lena Dunham’s Girls, but she’ll now be at the helm of a totally new series, after teaming with executives at Turner Entertainment.

The unscripted show will be bringing together fashion, home, and lifestyle, with viewers able to purchase what they see onscreen via an e-commerce site.

“There’s something about this that is connected, real, fun,” Jenna said, according to Vogue. “I am terrified, but that’s a good thing; being in unfamiliar territory feels welcome. One thing that is nice, and I am happy about is that there is no legacy here; we have nothing to live up to other than our own expectations.”

Jenna left her role as creative director and president of U.S. brand J. Crew in 2017, and while she holds a position on the Council of Fashion Designers of America Board of Directors, has kept largely out of fashion over the last 18 months.

Her new Turner series will air in 2019, and Jenna admitted she’s learned a lot during her hiatus.

“In the time I wasn’t working, I was helping my friends who’d perhaps bought a new place and wanted to redo the bathroom, or friends who were getting ready for events or for the prom,” she shared. “Those were things that might have been easy for me, but sometimes people are too embarrassed to ask for help. The point is, everyone can be beautiful; everything can be beautiful. What’s different about this is that I’m not focusing on just one aesthetic – if we redo a room, it could be modern, or preppy, or eclectic, and I can love them all. I’m not selling my idea of what something should be. I’m here to help create.”

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Lena Dunham taps into elementary school days for style inspiration

Actress Lena Dunham hates adult fashion and prefers to dress like a six year old.The Girls star and creator taps into her inner elementary school student whenever she chooses outfits, revealing dressing for her age at 32 doesn’t appeal to her in the sl…

Actress Lena Dunham hates adult fashion and prefers to dress like a six year old.

The Girls star and creator taps into her inner elementary school student whenever she chooses outfits, revealing dressing for her age at 32 doesn’t appeal to her in the slightest.

“I was everything I’d ever wanted to be (formidably adorable), everywhere I ever wanted to go (my bedroom) and hanging with the hottest company in town (my parents),” she writes in a new essay for InStyle about her life as a six year old. “So, like the high school quarterback who can’t stop milling around the football field well into middle age, I have just continued to dress like a full-scale baby.”

Lena ensures her fashion is childish by selecting certain clothing cuts and styles, such as harem pants with saggy crotches, baby doll dresses, rompers or shirts with huge collars.

The star is convinced the looser and baggier the outfit, the more girly she looks.

“I can’t buy enough,” she says of her favourite childlike looks. “No matter how many times red-carpet blogs eviscerate my cutesy, well-meaning but ill-fitting outfits, I continue to draw from the same well.”

Lena, who has recently overcome a health milestone after undergoing a hysterectomy to treat painful endometriosis, looks to her wardrobe as a form of escapism from the trials of adulthood.

“Being an adult is hard,” the actress and writer concludes. “(You) might as well go back to when your look soared as high as your youthful heart.”

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Lena Dunham enjoys a summer out of hospital care

Lena Dunham is “pulsing with gratitude” a year on from spending the summer in and out of hospital because of her endometriosis.Girls creator and star Lena has had a very public battle with the painful condition, where tissue that normally lines the ins…

Lena Dunham is “pulsing with gratitude” a year on from spending the summer in and out of hospital because of her endometriosis.

Girls creator and star Lena has had a very public battle with the painful condition, where tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, grows on the outside.

Earlier this year (18), the 32-year-old had her cervix and uterus removed in a total hysterectomy in a bid to ease the pain. She’s also undergone countless other surgeries, including numerous procedures last year.

Taking to Instagram celebrate not needing hospital treatment right now, Lena reflected on how endometriosis has previously blighted her life.

“This time last year I lived my life appointment to appointment. This time last year I took hospital gown selfies like they were the norm. This time last year I’d lost hope in my body every being reliable again. A lot has conspired to make this summer very different, and I am truly pulsing with gratitude. But also, if I were on Tinder this would be my pic,” she wrote next to a nearly topless image of herself in a hospital gown.

In May 2017, Lena was forced to cancel her Lenny IRL tour after her physical pain from complications linked to endometriosis prompted her to seek medical help after the Met Gala in New York – a month after she was told she was free from the illness following another operation.

Opening up about her hysterectomy in an essay for U.S. Vogue, the actress explained how doctors found her inner organs in a terrible condition, and that although she can no longer bear children, she is going to explore her motherhood options in the future.

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Lena Dunham happier packing more weight

Actress Lena Dunham is more content after gaining back the weight she lost while dieting extensively last year (17).The Girls creator dropped nearly 30 pounds (14 kilograms) by maintaining a hardcore diet and exercise regimen over several months, but s…

Actress Lena Dunham is more content after gaining back the weight she lost while dieting extensively last year (17).

The Girls creator dropped nearly 30 pounds (14 kilograms) by maintaining a hardcore diet and exercise regimen over several months, but she has since regained the weight.

Sharing a side-by-side photo of herself on the set of a short film shot in April, 2017, when she was several pounds thinner, alongside a recent image of herself at 162 pounds (73.5 kilograms), Lena revealed on Instagram on Tuesday (10Jul18) she is feeling happier and more comfortable in her body with more meat on her bones.

“On the left (image of a slimmer Lena): 138 pounds, complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work,” she wrote in a caption to the dual image. “Also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy.”

“On the right (image of heavier Lena): 162 pounds, happy joyous & free, complimented only by people that matter for reasons that matter, subsisting on a steady flow of fun/healthy snacks and apps and entrees, strong from lifting dogs and spirits,” she quipped.

Lena went on to reveal she often snaps herself out of wanting to be thin again when she remembers how agonising it was for her to keep a lower weight.

“Even this OG (original) body positivity warrior sometimes looks at the left picture longingly, until I remember the impossible pain that brought me there and onto my proverbial knees,” the 32-year-old recalled. “As I type I can feel my back fat rolling up under my shoulder blades. I lean in.”

Shortly after she debuted a slimmer look last year, Lena revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show she had been attacked by trolls online for her thinner figure.

“It’s just so crazy because I spent six years of my career being called things like ‘bag of milk’ on the Internet, baby cow, aging cow…,” she told the comedienne, “but then I had this experience of my body changing and I had all these people being like, ‘You’re a hypocrite, I thought you were body-positive, I thought you embrace bodies of all sizes.’ And I was like, I do, I just understand that bodies change.”

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Lena Dunham details insecurities over her ‘beaver teeth’

Lena Dunham has detailed her insecurity over her “beaver teeth” in a lengthy essay for Vogue magazine.The 31-year-old actress shot to fame when she starred as Hannah Horvath in hit U.S. TV show Girls, which she also created. Since bursting onto the sce…

Lena Dunham has detailed her insecurity over her “beaver teeth” in a lengthy essay for Vogue magazine.

The 31-year-old actress shot to fame when she starred as Hannah Horvath in hit U.S. TV show Girls, which she also created. Since bursting onto the scene, Lena’s appearance has changed somewhat – most noticeably her weight loss – but she has always kept her “natural” teeth.

Her decision not to have her gnashers whitened has led to criticism online from trolls, which has had a drastic effect on the screen star.

“When I first entered the public eye, I did so with my own teeth, which I soon realised was not something typically embarked upon by the freshly famous,” she wrote. “This was also before I had learned another cardinal rule of celebrity: Thou shalt not search thyself on Twitter. When I did, I found an alarming number of comments about my teeth.

“And from the first time I read a tooth criticism online, I developed the habits of the suddenly self-conscious, pursing my lips at inopportune times like I’d just sucked down half a lemon.”

Lena credits her father for her attitude towards her teeth, adding that he told her “healthy, strong, cavity-free – and, yes, yellowed – teeth are worth considerably more than a first impression at a cocktail party”.

However, Lena decided to book herself in for a spot of teeth whitening as an exploratory venture for the magazine. After several conversations with friends who warned her against the pain of such a procedure, and her concerns that she’d no longer look like herself, Lena decided to cancel her appointment, and stick with her natural look.

“Realising that I am about to make a decision based solely on unsolicited outside input, I call (the cosmetic dentist’s) office once more, apologise for wasting their time, and let them know my teeth will be growing more dingy by the day, on my terms. I will continue on: beaver-toothed, yellowed, enraging the internet one post at a time with a smile only a mother could love,” she concluded.

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