“I’ve been losing tons of weight ever since Trump got elected,” Dunham, 30, said on The View Friday morning. “In fact, I drop weight with every move he makes. By the time his whole cabinet gets confirmed, I’ll be down to my goal weight, which is my birth weight, 8 lbs.,” she joked.
“I know that the right wing media had a field day with that and said, ‘Liberal So Weakened That She Can’t Eat Food Because of Donald Trump,’ but what I was trying to express is this has been triggering for many of us in so many different ways,” she said on The View. “And I know that if I’m not hungry, then we have a real freakin’ problem.”
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Weight loss or not, cohost Joy Behar noted that Dunham’s starring role on Girls, which kicks off its final season Sunday night, brought a different body type to TV, one of a “normal-looking girl on the thin side.”
“It’s interesting because you can be, as you said, a normal-looking girl, and when you move into the realm of Hollywood that shocks people,” Dunham responded. “The fact that I’m considered ‘plus size’ or an example of a completely unorthodox body, I have to admit, it was a very rude awakening the first time I saw people’s reaction to the show. I was like, ‘I thought I was pretty bangin’.”
Dunham, known for being an example of body positivity, says she has her parents to thank for developing a healthy self-esteem at a young age.
“My parents always let me know that difference was a beautiful thing, and there wasn’t a one size fits all,” she said. “My mom literally bought me a Barbie at age five that was a Happy to Be Me doll that had flat feet, a small chest, a pudgy stomach and like, an articulated vagina, and I was like, ‘Is this the worst doll ever? I want a Barbie.’ I cut her head off, I left it on the toilet, but looking back, I have a lot of gratitude for my Happy to Be Me doll.”