20 December 2012 by

7 Reasons Why Lena Dunham Is Time's Coolest Person Of 2012

Not a surprising choice, but certainly an apt one. When news broke that Lena Dunham was voted Time’s coolest person of 2012, we all nodded sagely. Some muttered ‘obvs’ and got back to work. But Lena backlash aside (most recently for accepting $3.5 million for her book), it was seminal for another reason, being the first time a woman had won the award.

Lena responded with: 'Wow, that is — for lack of a better word — really cool. What an honor[sic]. Will I get in any Web trouble for being genuinely, unsnarkily excited to be the first woman to win Joel Stein’s Coolest Person of the Year?' which may well bait some critics into a rage. Fans of Frank Ocean, for example, who thought he’d been overlooked. But still, this was a big year for women in comedy. And when we look back at 2012 – assuming the world doesn’t end tomorrow - it will probably go down in cultural Doomsday tomes as The Year Of Girls. In celebration of this, here are seven reasons why Lena Dunham really is the coolest.

1. Despite being a victim of its own hype, Girls is really really good…

Yes the graduate trauma resonated a little too closely with some of us – hi, negotiating difficult relationships with parents and juggling artistic ambition with financial constraints - while the sex scenes made even the most liberal minded of us feel prudish. But it was funny. Like, LOL funny. ROFL, even.

2. Lena Dunham was and is OK with her body…

Which has the trickle-down effect of making girls who watch Girls feel OK about their bodies. Powerful, in these Dukan times, when a size 8 is ‘size normal’ though it totally shouldn’t be.

3. She’s a woman…

Radical, we know, but also a very funny one and when was the last time a funny woman went so utterly, defiantly mainstream?

4. She’s not afraid of success…

We know lots of people who are paralysed by their own ability and ambition. People who are too afraid of failure to actually try anything out. We don’t however know many people who have made two web series, two films and several short films, written, directed and starred in a the biggest HBO TV show of the year, published essays in the New Yorker and has a book deal in the pipeline.

5. But also aware of her own limitations…

Lena got a lot of stick for portraying a very particular strand of female New Yorker. There were no black characters. Everyone was wealthy or at least formerly wealthy. People could afford to intern. The stick was in some ways valid. Lena however defended herself by saying she only wanted to write what she knew: ‘The one thing I guarantee I do know about is being middle class, half-Jewish, half-WASP in New York in 2012.’ Fair.

6. Her boyfriend is Jack Antonoff AKA drummer in Fun...

And that song - We Are Young - is the only song which is both chartable and Bon-Iver-y cool AT THE SAME TIME.

7. The book will be awesome...

Well it needs to be for that price, amiright?

@morwennastar

 


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Frances Wang (Tue Jan 15 08:51:40 GMT 2013): yea, she's totally adorable.