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Lena Dunham Opens Up About Trump Victory (Photos)

| by Michael Doherty

Lena Dunham has opened up about the final season of her HBO show "Girls" and Donald Trump's presidency in a new interview with Nylon.

The feature, which included a photoshoot where Dunham, 30, posed suggestively in a swimsuit, is the cover story for the February 2016 issue of Nylon. Dunham spoke about her mixed emotions after President-elect Donald Trump's victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who Dunham had supported during the election, as well as the complexities of working as woman in a male-dominated industry.

"The older I get, the more I'm like, ''I don't f**king know what anybody is seeing when they look at me,'" said Dunham, Daily Mail reports. "And the coolest thing is it's not my problem."

"That's an interesting thing. It kind of doesn't matter," she continued. "I used to think the worst thing in the world could be for someone to have a thought about you that you didn't have yourself. Now I'm like, 'Have at it, guys!'"

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The revealing photoshoot saw Dunham posing in a number of outfits, including a swimsuit. In an Instagram post, Dunham said that posing for the pictures felt "honest and joyful."

"Maybe that's being 30," she added. "Maybe that's demanding to be seen for who I am, teensy stomach moles on pale rounded stomach and all."

"Sometimes being a creator, and especially being a female creator, is an exercise in shutting people's voices out, because there are so many who think they understand better than you how to do your job," said Dunham in the Nylon feature.

Dunham also admitted that "Girls" had its flaws -- in its early episodes, the show was criticized for a lack of diversity in its characters, and Dunham said that she "wouldn't do another show that starred four white girls."

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Dunham, who had campaigned for Hillary Clinton during the presidential race, also spoke about how she had become a target for criticism and abuse from Trump supporters online.

"So much of what we're dealing with in America isn't just misogyny, isn't just racism," the "Girls" creator said, "but is also this unspoken constant tug between people living on different sides of the class divide."

"You come in and you're like, 'I went to Oberlin. My godparents are both art critics. I was raised at a women's action coalition meeting,'' and that's repugnant to them on a thousand levels."

Dunham said that the election had affected her team's mindset in writing the show's sixth and final season.

"We wrote in a climate where we were thinking a lot about this election, and the election was heating up as we shot the show, and that energy for sure made its way into how we tackled topics," Dunham said. "Hopefully it'll bring up important conversations, and not just become the worst Twitter abuse storm in history -- or it will."

Sources: Nylon, Daily Mail / Photo Credit: Nylon via Daily Mail

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