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The creator and star of the HBO’s “Girls” had promised to move to Canada if Donald Trump won the presidential election. But when he actually did win, she backed off and decided to stick it out. Now, she’s come up with a slightly different protest for the president-elect: practically baring all for Nylon.
OK, the photo shoot isn’t really a protest against Trump as much as it is perhaps a triumph of her own expanding self-confidence as she grows older. Dunham, 30, has never been one to be shy about pushing the boundaries of decency — not that there’s anything wrong with her swimsuit shoot — or to distinguish herself from the typical Hollywood star set, and she does all that and more in her interview with the magazine as the final season of “Girls” is set to air in the new Trump era.
If her revealing photo shoot reveals anything about herself, it might be that she is 100 percent real woman and not some carefully manicured Hollywood model who tends to present an unrealistic image of what a woman should be.
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On Instagram on Wednesday, she wrote: “For the first time in my career, posing for pictures feels honest and joyful. Maybe that’s being 30. Maybe that’s demanding to be seen for who I am, teensy stomach moles on pale rounded stomach and all. Thank you beloved @nylonmag for introducing me to so much style and content over the years, and for embracing me in my totality on your cover. I’m feeling v blessed and highly favored.”
And what about those who might complain about her approach to her photos in the magazine. Well, the famous feminist simply said, so be it.
“The older I get, the more I’m like, ‘I don’t f*****g know what anybody is seeing when they look at me and the coolest thing is it’s not my problem,'” she said. “That’s an interesting thing. It kind of doesn’t matter. I used to think the worst thing in the world could be for someone to have a thought about you that you didn’t have yourself. Now I’m like, ‘Have at it, guys!”’
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Not all of Dunham’s shots were about baring her pale skin. She also modeled some rather fashionable outfits.
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As for moving on with life under a new president, the outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter who has received plenty of criticism and threats via social media since Trump’s victory said she’s trying her best to understand those who hold opposing views.
“So much of what we’re dealing with in America isn’t just misogyny, isn’t just racism, but is also this unspoken constant tug between people living on different sides of the class divide,” she said.
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“You come in and you’re like, ‘I went to Oberlin. My godparents are both art critics. I was raised at a women’s action coalition meeting.’ There’s a sense of snobbery or intellectualism that feels like it’s the enemy of patriotism and also the enemy of the working class, which is by no means where I ever wanted to position myself.”