Actress Lena Dunham said Monday that she is selling her clothing in order to support Planned Parenthood.
In an Instagram post, Dunham wrote that she is “cleaning out my closet” in order to raise funds for the nation’s largest abortion provider.
“I've been lucky enough to own some truly special (often custom) pieces from innovative designers and selling items that have been worn down Brooklyn streets, on the set of GIRLS and at awards shows and book signings,” she wrote. “Each purchase will come with a note from me that documents my experience wearing the piece. I hope you enjoy the pieces and the stories behind them.”
The New York Times reported that Dunham will sell 169 pieces from her wardrobe on The RealReal, a fashion consignment website, and donate all of her 70 percent commission on the items to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
“I realized I had been carrying around a lot of crap, both internally and externally,” Dunham told the Times. “I always thought I was going to hoard all my clothes for my future daughter, and now I understand, especially being a woman with a reproductive illness, I may end up with an adopted son, I may end up with a daughter who doesn’t identify with her gender at birth. You can’t live for the future that does not yet exist. I have to take all this good fashion fortune I’ve had and spread it.”
Im cleaning out my closet by partnering with @therealreal to sell items directly from my closet to benefit Planned Parenthood. I've been lucky enough to own some truly special (often custom) pieces from innovative designers and selling items that have been worn down Brooklyn streets, on the set of GIRLS and at awards shows and book signings. Each purchase will come with a note from me that documents my experience wearing the piece. I hope you enjoy the pieces and the stories behind them. Link in bio to shop. #realrealedit #IStandWithPP
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Dunham, 31, acknowledged that “I’ve gotten this reputation as someone with notoriously bad style.”
“I would say the fashion blogs enjoy a bit of a roast of me,” she said. “I don’t mind; I’ve always thought the worst dressed were the best dressed.”
Dunham said she is selling the clothes because “It’s a very, very challenging moment to be a woman in America.”
“Planned Parenthood’s never been more essential,” she said. “The work that I’ve done with them has really become front and center to my life, really as important to me as my art in a lot of ways.”
She said that “Probably some people will buy the clothes because they hate me and burn them.”
“And I bless them, too,” she said. “The money’s still going to Planned Parenthood.”
Items in the sale include the dress Dunham said she wept in on election night when President Donald Trump defeated former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.