Lena Dunham On Recent Weight Loss: I'm More Than My Size

Let's get one thing clear: Lena Dunham did not lose weight for anyone but herself.

Dunham debuted a slimmer figure at the opening of trainer Tracy Anderson's studio in New York on March 15, 2017. She told People magazine that she works out with Anderson not to lose weight but to feel better–and Anderson's come through.

"I think for me the big thing was that Tracy just very clearly wasn't trying to change my body," she said. "I came to her and was like, 'I have endometriosis, I have chronic physical pain, I just want to feel stronger I just want to have a stronger core, I want to feel like I have more power throughout my day, how do I get there?' I like that she was coming at it from that perspective rather than like, I'd like to shrink six inches..."

Unfortunately, her more toned appearance was met with both praise and criticism–neither for any appropriate reason. According to an article on Refinery29, the Girls (2012-2017) star and creator was celebrated for losing weight, as if being thinner is better, while simultaneously being badgered by haters who apparently believe her workout regime is totally against feminism.

After the article's release, Dunham, 30, thanked the publication and then shared her own thoughts on the matter in a lengthy post to Instagram.

"I feel I've made it pretty clear over the years that I don't give even the tiniest of s***s what anyone else feels about my body I've gone on red carpets in couture as a size 14. I've done sex scenes days after surgery, mottled with scars," Dunham stated. "I've accepted that my body is an ever changing organism, not a fixed entity- what goes up must come down and vice versa. I smile just as wide no matter my current size because I'm proud of what this body has seen and done and represented."

Citing her endometriosis as the major factor in her decision to eat healthier and exercise more often, Dunham explains that her weight loss isn't "a triumph," nor is it "some sign I've finally given [into] the voices of trolls." Instead, she says that her body–no matter what it looks like–is her own. "I'm not handing in my feminist card to anyone," she added.

"So much love to all my web friends who demand that life be more than a daily weigh in, who know their merit has nothing to do with their size, who fight to be seen and heard and accepted," the star finished. "I love you."

Dunham also thanked model Ashley Graham for her article on body shaming, which was published in Aug. 2016 in Dunham's newsletter, Lenny Letter.