On an appearance last week during The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM radio, Fashion Police host Joan Rivers criticized HBO star Lena Dunham for being unapologetic for her average, totally normal body.
“You are sending a message out to people saying, ‘It’s okay! Stay fat! Get diabetes. Everybody die! Lose your fingers’,” Joan babbles. She goes on to say, “I’m on fire over hypocrisy,” regarding Dunham, “going on Vogue’s cover and looking gorgeous.”
Whoops! Sorry, Joan! Forgot us thicker gals can’t be gorgeous. Or cover models. Our mistake. Groan.
Rivers, who pleads that Dunham, “Try to look better!” has admittedly gone under the knife (and needle) for over 700 cosmetic procedures. It is clear that, even at a ripe 80 years old, she has completely given in to the beauty ideal. It seems her role as an authority in fashion has given her a complex, as she now apparently has the right to dictate how others display and take pride in their bodies.
Actually, Dunham thinks of her body much differently than Rivers, and other onlookers, may think.
“It’s just a vessel I’ve been given to move through this life. I think about my body as a tool to do the stuff I need to do, but not the be all and end all of my existence,” she told the Gothamist.
Whether she knows it or not, Dunham is breaking beauty barriers, showing that it is OK to be successful, be gorgeous, and be funny… all in the beautiful body of an average woman.
Listen to the full clip below.
Joan, have you ever considered what message you’re sending women with your own body and face? Couldn’t it be argued that they, on top of your words, are promoting an unhealthy body image in women everywhere? Although, perhaps most people have labelled you an anomaly by now.
What do you think of Joan’s criticisms? Quoting directly from the book of Mean Girls, “Calling somebody else fat won’t make you any skinnier.”