Happy Birthday Lena Dunham: Here’s 7 Reasons She Rocks

It’s hard to believe that there was ever a world pre-Lena Dunham. Ever since she and Girls exploded into our lives, at a time when we were still mourning the end of Sex And The City, we’ve come to think of her as a close personal friend. She’s changed our TV habits for the better, and she’s made us re-evaluate everything we thought we knew about on-screen sex scenes. Yep, she’s an inspiration to us all and to celebrate her 29th birthday, we’ve decided to share just some of the reasons why we love her so much…

Her Quirky Red Carpet Style

We love the fact that Lena isn’t frightened to take sartorial risks at a-list events. Much like her work, Lena’s look is 100% individual, and that takes some gumption in a world obsessed with following the latest celeb trend. And we think that’s all kind of awesome. Plus, she’s old friends with Zac Posen (he used to babysit her) which is doubly awesome.

Lena Dunham on the red carpet Lena champions Zac Posen on the red carpet

 

Girls

The HBO show written, produced, and directed by Ms Dunham has been somewhat of a feminine revolution for a generation of young women since it aired in 2012, and quite rightly so. Surrounding the lives of four friends trying to live the NYC dream (and starring Lena as the self-obsessed yet adorable Hannah), Girls is an innovative and seriously self-deprecating look at the struggles we ladies face on the quest for professional and romantic nirvana. Plus, Lena is naked in it. A lot.

Lena Dunham Girls Still Lena Dunham in Girls with co-star Adam Driver

 

Her Awards

By the age of 28, Lena had two Golden Globes under her belt (best comedy series and best actress in a comedy series), had authored a warts n’all book about her turbulant teenage years (Not That Kind of Girl), and became the first woman to have won a Directors’ Guild Award for Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series. By anyone’s standards, that is hella impressive, especially when the girl has got another whole year before reaching 30. What’s next we wonder? Bravo Lena.

Lena Dunham Golden Globes Lena with Girls co-stars Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams at the Golden Globes

 

She’s BFFs with Tay Tay

Yep, of course Lena was going to have rad mates right? I mean, her Girls pals are already pretty amazing, but off camera Lena counts the equally world-conquering Taylor Swift as a bestie, and we think that’s pretty cool. We wonder what their pajama parties are like….

Lena Dunham and Taylor Swift Lena and Taylor share some Insta-love

 

She’s a Feminist

With the likes of Emma Watson advocating greater equality for women everywhere, the irrepressibly candid Lena has also given voice to the cause through her work, social media, and in interviews.

‘Feminists believe that men and women should have the same opportunities. If you are a feminist you believe in equal rights as a whole. That’s not a concept you can really shoot down.’

The girl makes a darn good point.

Lena Dunham Feminist Lena’s Planned Parenthood Instagram campaign (encouraging women to vote) was supported by the likes of Amy Poehler and Ellen Page

Her Instagram

From sleeping in last night’s make-up, to mashing pizza into her face, Lena’s Instagram is living proof that she’s just as joe-soap as the rest of us. She certainly isn’t frightened to let the world see that she’s far from perfect, and we can TOTALLY relate to that.

Lena Dunham on Instagram Lena’s Instagram demonstrates her love affair with pizza

 

Her Humbleness

Despite her meteoric rise to stardom, Lena still feels as awkard and self-concious as the rest of us.



‘I still go to a party and say something embarrassing to someone, and then write them a weird e-mail about it the next day, and then write them a text because I think they didn’t get the e-mail. No matter what happens with your level of success, you still have to deal with all the baggage that is yourself.’

Lena Dunham Lena Dunham – our fave girl

 

 


Happy Birthday Lena. You rock.

 



By Amie-Jo Locke