Lena Dunham: Gossip Girl’s Cast Set an Unfair Body Image Standard
Every month, when we go to the gym, we feel a little bit stabby. Dozens of women who look like they totally didn’t eat that strawberry-rhubarb pie we couldn’t put down this morning stare at each other and themselves in the mirror. Worse, they stare at us. It sucks. But with TV shows like Gossip Girl and, well, all the other ones, it has become pretty common for what we see on the small screen to be a lot, um, smaller than what is in real life. And Lena Dunham is sick of it.
Who is Lena Dunham some of you may ask (although we know you wouldn’t ask us because we would smack you, buy you an HBO subscription, smack you again, and steal your pie)? Oh, just the creator of the best show on TV these days, Girls. The show features four or five girls in their early 20s hanging in New York. You know, L-I-V-I-N like Matthew McConaughey-style, but the girl version. They eat, they bone, and they occasionally have rolls of fat. It’s great.
"We have this insane culture where women who don't look like the cast of 'Gossip Girl' are put into sweaters and nightgowns to sleep in," Lena tells CBS of her inspiration for showing IRL women looking real. "We will do a thing sometimes where we'll, like, all fit clothes with Spanx so that they fit right. And then I'll remove the Spanx so they're kinda like rumpled up," she explains of our everyday routine the show’s wardrobe strategies.
GG is far from the only show on TV that has emphasized "thin is beautiful," but does that mean it's okay to tout this standard of beauty? Probably notsomuch, but what has brought it into this comparison? Besides the fact that both shows take place in New York (Gossip Girl in Manhattan, Girls in Brooklyn), we have a feeling Lena was looking for the most dramatic counterpoint to use as a comparison. Oh yeah, and both have the word "girl" in the title... But in all seriousness, has Gossip Girl’s super-thin characters influenced your own body image more than other shows? Spill your secrets. We’ll never tell.