32 Reasons Why Lena Dunham Is Absolutely Brilliant

From pearls of wisdom on Twitter to her refreshing views on body image and feminism, Lena Dunham is, quite frankly, the shit.

This is Lena Dunham – writer, actress, director, producer, and feminist extraordinare.

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She’s responsible for bringing the TV show Girls to life, and she also plays its main character, Hannah Horvath.

AP Photo / HBO, Jessica Miglio

Hannah has a lot of feelings.

And so does Lena.

But in addition to having all of the feelings, Lena is one of the smartest, wittiest, most badass female creatives of our time – or, dare I say, the voice of our generation.

Here are just some of the reasons why Lena Dunham is basically The Best.

1. She speaks the cold, bitter truth.

Lesson: some of the people who give you free chocolate turn out to be homophobes:(

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

2. She did this at the Emmys in 2012.

Yup, naked. In a bathroom. Eating cake. On TV, in front of her peers.

3. She lives dangerously, but not without regret.

Did the thing I swore I'd never do: got a public massage at an airport kiosk. It hurts not to know yourself anymore.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

4. She has a lot of quality advice on drugs.

Why take quaaludes when there are cheeseburgers?

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

I'm so sorry re the spoiler - I literally took NyQuil then did it. Do not NyQuil tweet. Or NyQuil text.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

I thought in 23 Miley was saying she was high on Percoset and I was like GIRL I GET IT, THEY GAVE ME THAT WHEN I HAD AN INFLAMED COLON

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

“And, lastly, the moment I realized I’d forgotten to pack my Klonopin.”

5. Her fashion sense is STRONG.

SO strong.

SO brave.

6. And therefore dresses her dog, Lamby, accordingly.

7. She knows how to be a good neighbour.

If there's a murder on my block the police should come talk to me because I've already suspected everyone.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

8. People like to get VERY UPSET about how good of a feminist Lena is, but she hasn’t let that stop her talking about it.

The debate about good and bad feminism makes me want to take a nap for a year

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

I have a new term for slut-shaming, which has been feeling a little technical. How about we start referring to it as "being fucking rude"?

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

9. Plus, she appreciates other magnificent women.

She could blow rails off of my face and I'd still be #TeamNigella

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

Can't even construct a tweet that will properly express my emotions about @taylorswift13

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

Ladies: Anne Hathaway is a feminist and she has amazing teeth. Let's save our bad attitudes for the ones who aren't advancing the cause.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

10. She has two lords. One is Beyoncé.

HOLY SHIT BEYONCE you aren't even a woman anymore you are the world and you are the lord

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

And the other is Oprah.

Oprah could get me to confess to a murder I hadn't committed. She could get me devote my life to sustainable agriculture. She is #thelord

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

11. She also knows a thing or two about eating.

You can have a wonderful fulfilling day just eating other people's leftovers

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

I can't cook but I can assess the landscape of your plate and curate a bite that will blow your fucking mind

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

12. When a reporter told Lena that her character in Girls was “often naked just at random times for no reason” – Lena responded by saying this:

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“It’s because it’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive, I think, and I totally get it. If you are not into me, that’s your problem, and you are going to have to kind of work that out with whatever professionals you’ve hired.”

13. She gives us hope that even if you were lazy as a kid, it’s still possible for you to be an international success.

“I was a really lazy kid. I almost never left the house. If it was a weekend, I wouldn’t even go outside, because I hated going in the park, hated doing any sports, hated walking around, hated doing almost everything. I liked to read and watch TV.”

14. She’s survived her greatest fears: “My fears came true: People called me fat and hideous, and I lived. And now I keep living.”


15. She’s understood the importance of great music from a very young age.


16. She totally *gets* female writers: “Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid.”

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“Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of 7 that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’ “

17. She cares a lot about politics.

I go to France for one day and the government shuts down? It's like I have to do everything.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

I'm worried I fucked Carlos Danger in college :(

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

18. She’s worried about global warming.

Daily regression: called my father in a near-tears panic asking "Papa, is this global warming? Papa, I'm so afraid!"

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

19. And she lets you learn from her mistakes.

Just called my cab driver baby by accident and now the ride feels weird

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

20. She posts photos like this for no apparent reason.

21. While interviewing Judy Blume for Believer Magazine she told Blume that she once hid her copy of Forever in the toilet.

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“I stuck it under the toilet and went running out. I went back later to check for it and it was gone. I was freaked out. My babysitter came up to me and she said, ‘Did you take my copy of Forever? I saw it in the bathroom under the toilet.’ And I told her that my cat had put it there at the time seemed like really great excuse.”

22. She helped someone on Twitter sell their “very real and relatable couch.”

23. Even her throwback photos are 100 times more amazing than yours.

24. She’s ridiculously articulate about complicated subjects.

In an interview with Jon Snow for Channel 4 News, she said: “A generational problem I have noticed is that the rise of text messaging, instant messaging, social media as a whole, has really decreased our ability to engage romantically and personally, and I think everyone is feeling that.

“It’s so instant, it’s so easy, it doesn’t require you to make any real overtures, and everyone’s analyising everyone’s text messages.”

25. Seriously. SUCH WISDOM.

“I try not to through my hands up and say, ‘Oh my god the internet is horrible,’ or, ‘Oh my god no one should watch porn.’ It’s not about removing these things from our lives, it’s about being aware of what they’re doing to us.”

26. She hangs out with all the cool girls.

Jemima Kirke!

Jessica Williams from The Daily Show!

Tavi Gevinson!

27. And when THIS whole thing happened.

She was all like:

Some shit is just too ridiculous to engage. Let's use our energy wisely, 2014.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

Way cooler when people do things out of pure blind spite than out of faux altruism

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

28. And despite the controversy surrounding her cover, Lena told the BBC: “I’m really happy with the Vogue cover. I have no problem with the fact it wasn’t my body. The fact is, it’s my face, and an expression I feel like is honest to me.”


29. She made a super cute video about her Vogue cover with Hamish Bowles.

30. She has a lovely relationship with her parents.

“My mom was def the source on this National Enquirer piece.”

31. You can even relate to how she feels about nap guilt.

I feel as much guilt about napping as some people would about murdering

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

32. And although Lena is crazy successful, she’s still as down-to-earth as you’d hope she would be.

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

Lena, never change. WE LOVE YOU.

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Cate Sevilla is the UK managing editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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