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alert-–-lena-dunham-debuts-chic-new-hairdo-as-she-joins-pal-stephen-fry-in-the-royal-box-at-wimbledon…-after-opening-up-about-her-battle-with-hypermobile-ehlers-danlos-syndromeAlert – Lena Dunham debuts chic new hairdo as she joins pal Stephen Fry in the Royal Box at Wimbledon… after opening up about her battle with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Lena Dunham looked in high spirits as she enjoyed a day out at Wimbledon on Tuesday. 

The American actress – who divides her time living between London, New York and Connecticut – was joined by her friend Stephen Fry as they watched the action from the Royal Box on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

Lena, 37, looked effortlessly stylish for the outing, donning a navy, boucle cape with a matching midi skirt and white kitten heels. 

The Golden Globe winner debuted a chic new hairstyle with her look, having dyed her brunette locks black and cutting in a fringe. 

She accessorised with a rattan handbag and black sunglasses that she peered over as she watched No.1 seed Jannik Sinner take on world No.5 Daniil Medvedev in the men’s quarter finals.

Lena Dunham put on an animated display as she joined Stephen Fry in the Royal Box at Wimbledon on Tuesday after opening up about her battle with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos

Lena Dunham put on an animated display as she joined Stephen Fry in the Royal Box at Wimbledon on Tuesday after opening up about her battle with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos 

The American actress - who divides her time between London, New York and Connecticut - watched the action on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

The American actress – who divides her time between London, New York and Connecticut – watched the action on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Lena, 37, looked effortlessly stylish for the outing, donning a navy, boucle cape with a matching midi skirt and white kitten heels

Lena, 37, looked effortlessly stylish for the outing, donning a navy, boucle cape with a matching midi skirt and white kitten heels

Lena and Stephen, 66 – who starred together in the tragicomedy film Treasure earlier this year – were in good company as they mingled with the likes of Princess Beatrice of York, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Michael McIntyre. 

Lena’s outing came after she opened up about living with her genetic condition, Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, in a candid Instagram post.

The Girls star, who revealed she was diagnosed with hEDS in 2019, wanted to bring light to the condition during the month of May, as it is Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders Awareness month.

Lena shared two selfies showing her flushed skin, which is one of her symptoms, as well as swelling in her hands and her hyper-flexibility with her knuckles and feet.

She also shared a short clip of her using an elevator to take her up to set, as well as a close up of her tattoo that said ‘sick.’

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danos syndrome is one type of EDS, caused by defects in a person’s collagen.

Common symptoms of the condition include muscle and bone pain, hypermobility, easily bruised, skin that is slightly elastic, according to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center.

The star wrote a lengthy caption, writing: ‘Until I was in my late twenties, I didn’t know that all my bendy party tricks (or the random fits of flushing which made red lipstick a gamble, or my migraines or swollen knees or fainting spells…) weren’t just quirks.’

She continued: ‘They were all part of Hypermobile Ehler Danlos Syndrome, a genetic condition that means a lack of collagen in my connective tissue. This causes everything from joint pain & dislocation, poor wound healing and a plethora of seemingly random symptoms that aren’t so random at all.’

‘Hypermobile EDS is one of 13 known forms of EDS – and while this condition is misunderstood and under-diagnosed, it’s thought to affect 1 in 5000 to 1 in 40,000 people, depending on the type.

The Golden Globe winner debuted a chic new hairstyle with her look, having dyed her brunette locks black and cutting in a fringe

Lena is pictured in February

The Golden Globe winner debuted a chic new hairstyle with her look, having dyed her brunette locks black and cutting in a fringe (right, in February) 

Lena and Stephen, 66, were in good company as they mingled with the likes of Princess Beatrice of York, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Michael McIntyre

Lena and Stephen, 66, were in good company as they mingled with the likes of Princess Beatrice of York, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Michael McIntyre

Lena and Stephen seemed to be enthralled by the action on Centre Court

Lena and Stephen seemed to be enthralled by the action on Centre Court 

The pair have been firm friends since starring in the tragicomedy film Treasure earlier this year

The pair have been firm friends since starring in the tragicomedy film Treasure earlier this year

Lena, who was born May 13, said it is ‘fitting that I was born in May because it’s also EDS awareness month. If you or someone you love lives with EDS, this is the time to make some noise about it.’

She continued, writing: ‘And if you meet someone dealing with unexplained challenges and pain who fits this description, encourage them to learn about their symptoms. 

‘Fact: it was actually someone who had read my writing about chronic pain & seen me on TV who encouraged me to see a specialist. That sisterly act of care changed my life.

‘If you have EDS, remember: 1-it’s not in your head. 2-you’re not lazy. 3-it’s alright to ask for help-there’s no shame in admitting what you can’t do. 

‘5 [sic] You’re allowed to take advantage of disability services. The only time I’m ever sassy outdoors is when someone asks why I’m using the disabled bathroom. 

‘6-It may feel the world is passing you by, but think of the gifts you develop as a result. My creativity was born of the time I spent on my own. As a director, I work from a place of empathy that my illness gave me.’

Lena gave her followers words of wisdom if they know anyone with EDS, writing that if they love someone with it, to ‘be flexible,’ adding: ‘They’re doing their best. Don’t take it personally – fatigue, changed plans.

As well as that it is ‘ok to be overwhelmed,’ and finally to ‘remember they have a well of hard-earned empathy just waiting for you.’

Finally, Lena said that she is ‘offering love to everyone living with chronic pain or supporting a loved one who does,’ giving ehlers-danlos.com as a place to find more information. 

The star also said ‘ps scroll to see the elevator that takes me up to the set – would love to take you for a ride sometime,’ adding a heart.

Lena recently spoke out about her genetic condition, Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, in a candid Instagram post

Lena recently spoke out about her genetic condition, Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, in a candid Instagram post 

Lena wanted to bring light to the condition during the month of May, as it is Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders Awareness month

Lena wanted to bring light to the condition during the month of May, as it is Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders Awareness month

One of the symptoms she experiences is random flushing, as seen on her cheeks

One of the symptoms she experiences is random flushing, as seen on her cheeks

Lena showed her swollen and bruised finger, a symptom of the condition

Lena showed her swollen and bruised finger, a symptom of the condition

She also shared a snap of her flexibility - another symptom of it

She also shared a snap of her flexibility – another symptom of it

The star also shared a close up of her tattoo that reads 'sick'

The star also shared a close up of her tattoo that reads ‘sick’

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