“It doesn’t mean I haven’t felt a lot of body hatred in lockdown,” she stated. She isn’t a fan of some present terminology, of phrases like “plus” or “curve” or “body positive.”
“The thing that’s complicated about the body positive movement,” she stated, “is it can be for the privileged few who have a body that looks the way people want to feel positive. We want curvy bodies that look like Kim Kardashian has been up-sized slightly. We want big beautiful butts and big beautiful breasts and no cellulite and faces that look like you could smack them on to thin women.”
“I have a big stomach, I always have. That’s where I gain my weight — especially after early menopause, I have a straight-up gut, like an old man — and that’s not where anybody wants to see flesh. It’s not like if I posted a sensual nude of myself on Instagram, people would be marveling at my beautiful derrière.”
As she stated this, she didn’t sound indignant or depressed or like she was sticking it to the person. She sounded kind of resigned and amused at herself. She was sitting in a really white room with a hearth, sporting a cable-knit cardigan and many rings on her fingers. Her hair was lengthy, and her bangs have been quick. In the center of the dialog, she all of a sudden started chomping on a sandwich, which made her chortle.
“It seems appropriate for this interview that I eat this large baguette,” she stated.
‘We’re going to place a watermelon in your skirt, you sassy lady!’
Ms. Dunham had been considering entering into trend lengthy earlier than the pandemic started. She had initially thought she would make a full-fledged assortment from Size zero to 20, as a result of … nicely, she doesn’t actually do half measures. Besides, she’s good sufficient, and does sufficient analysis, to know that there’s a proud historical past of feminine designers entering into the enterprise as a result of they know what’s lacking, whether or not it’s Coco Chanel or Donna Karan and even the Olsens. But, she stated, “there was so much I didn’t know about the infrastructure.”
In 2019, she met Patrick Herning, the proprietor and founding father of 11 Honoré, the place she occurred to be a frequent shopper. The two bonded over proselytizing for plus-size figures and started hatching a plan. Because Mr. Herning had lately launched a personal label line, he had the provision chain and design workers in place for Ms. Dunham. All she needed to deliver have been the concepts.