True to form, Lena Dunham is steadfast in her everlasting quest to keep me completely baffled as to her ideas about body image. She lets us all know that she’s incredibly comfortable with herself (in case the constant nudity on Girls wasn’t a clue) by saying she’s glad she doesn’t look like an underwear model…in an interview for Playboy. Wait what? How does that make any sense? When asked what she would do if she suddenly woke up with the body of a Victoria’s Secret model, Lena said:
“I don’t think I’d like it very much. There would be all kinds of weird challenges to deal with that I don’t have to deal with now. I don’t want to go through life wondering if people are talking to me because I have a big rack. Not being the babest person in the world creates a nice barrier. The people who talk to you are the people who are interested in you. It must be a big burden in some ways to look that way and be in public. That said, I probably would want to see if I could get free food at restaurants.””
Okay yeah. I can get on board with that basic idea, having come to similar conclusions about myself. I like that I can rely on my personality to keep people around me instead of something more superficial like my body or my looks. But that said, that’s usually an idea I have either inside of my own head or in conversations with friends…not the pages of Playboy. Like I get it, and you’re free to do whatever you like with your body, including show it to me naked on HBO so many times that I could sketch it in my sleep. BUT. I just can’t get a read on where you’re landing here, opinion-wise. I would’ve figured we were against Playboy because of the way they sexually objectify women. It just seems like that’s something we’ve been fighting against on Girls with the unattractive sex and unselfconscious portrayals of the human body, right? Did I get that wrong? Because I want to get it right! I want to get on board with you, because I think for the most part you’re fighting the good fight for the ladies. But you’ve also gotten me pretty significantly bamboozled, so give me a second to catch up.
(Image: Gossip Cop via Autumn DeWilde for Playboy)