Lena Dunham Has 'Bad Blood' With Her Body Because of Taylor Swift

lena dunham with taylor swiftWhen I met my best friend Elizabeth for the first time, I thought we’d never be friends. She's slim, beautiful, and always perfectly dressed. While I usually feel at peace with my appearance, I felt dumpy and frumpy standing next to her. Given my own history, I can totally relate to how Lena Dunham feels standing next to Taylor Swift.


Dunham was recently featured in an event sponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center where she and director Judd Apatow had a conversation in which Lena touched on some of the drawbacks of being friends with Taylor ...

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Lena's famously good friends with the pop star but disclosed that when she showed up to make an appearance alongside skinny Amazons Taylor, Lily Aldridge, Gigi Hadid, and Hailee Steinfeld at a performance of TayTay's concert in New Jersey the other night, she had a bit of an epiphany. She told Judd:

I loved it; I recommend it to anyone. If you can, catch the '1989' tour; it's a bombastic and beautiful experience. But I shan't be walking that runway again. I was so thrilled to support my friend and so displeased to learn about the truth of my own height. I've been feeling pretty tall, feeling pretty sturdy, and it was amazing to me, like, 'Oh, I'm not tall, I'm chubby.' It's different. But I mean, on most days, I feel really great and fine about my body, but I don't think standing next to, like, three supermodels or so is anything even the most confident woman needs to do.

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She admits that it was only really seeing herself next to Taylor and the models that threw her for a loop, explaining:

And when I socialize with those women, which I've done a little bit, because they're good friends of Taylor's, who is a good friend of mine, I don't feel so strange. But the minute I caught sight of myself in the Jumbotron, I knew something was very wrong.

It is interesting that even if you are as wealthy, successful, and talented as Lena Dunham is, you can still feel that shot of insecurity about not measuring up to your most genetically blessed friends. I'm not sure that the insecurity is helped by the fact that Dunham's boyfriend teased her about it. She explained:

And my boyfriend made it his screensaver, because he thinks it's so funny to just look at the height difference and look at all the people in makeup, and then me, like [makes face].

Sadly, I think Lena's feelings are universal and that a lot of us struggle with feeling like we don't measure up to other women. It can be all to easy to see only the beauty in others while focusing on only the flaws in ourselves.

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For me, I have to remind myself that life is not a beauty pageant and that there is no winning if I chose to spend my time mentally competing with friends who have totally different genetics, habits, strengths, and abilities than I do. It isn’t good for my self-esteem, and it isn’t good for my friendships, even if my friends are mere mortals and not supermodels!


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