Lena Dunham on Her Leggy Look: ‘Get Used to It’

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After she caught flak for sporting yet another “pantless” look to a recent culinary event in Culver City, Calif., Lena Dunham told critics to “get used it,” joking that she planned to live until 105 and would flash her thighs regularly until she died. The Girls creator, star and executive producer made the remarks during a panel discussion at this year’s New Yorker Festival, which ran from Oct. 5 to 7 in New York City. For the record, Dunham says she wasn’t pantless but had worn short shorts under the teal top. And she intimated that it wasn’t the outfit itself — but rather her figure — that seemed to really get critics heated. “I don’t think a girl with tiny thighs would have gotten that response,” she said.

Dunham, who uploaded a picture of herself sans pants on the set of Girls earlier this year, admits that television isn’t always good about portraying fuller-figured women in the flesh. But she hasn’t had qualms about getting nude on film and even said that her readiness and willingness to get naked could be used as a crutch. Dunham joked that while filming, she sometimes thinks: “This scene is not what it’s supposed to be, so I’m gonna take off my pants!”