Lena Dunham is known for her body positive attitude and for proudly posing in unretouched photos, yet she has had her own image struggles, too. That's why her latest magazine cover is especially meaningful to her.
Dunham appears on the February 2017 issue of Glamour alongside fellow Girls cast mates: Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke. Not only is the issue 100 percent woman-produced, but it also features Dunham proudly standing tall in her underwear.
"Okay, here goes: throughout my teens I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I was fucking funny looking. Potbelly, rabbit teeth, knock knees- I could never seem to get it right and it haunted my every move. I posed as the sassy confident one, secretly horrified and hurt by careless comments and hostility. Let's get something straight: I didn't hate what I looked like- I hated the culture that was telling me to hate it. When my career started, some people celebrated my look but always through the lens of 'isn't she brave? Isn't it such a bold move to show THAT body on TV?' Then there were the legions of trolls who made high school teasing look like a damned joke with the violent threats they heaped on, the sickening insults that made me ache for teen girls like me who might be reading my comments. Well, today this body is on the cover of a magazine that millions of women will read, without photoshop, my thigh on full imperfect display. Whether you agree with my politics, like my show or connect to what I do, it doesn't matter- my body isn't fair game. No one's is, no matter their size, color, gender identity, and there's a place for us all in popular culture to be recognized as beautiful. Haters are gonna have to get more intellectual and creative with their disses in 2017 because none of us are going to be scared into muumuus by faceless basement dwellers, or cruel blogs, or even our partners and friends. Thank you to the women in Hollywood (and on Instagram!) leading the way, inspiring and normalizing the female form in EVERY form, and thank you to @glamourmag for letting my cellulite do the damn thing on news stands everywhere today Love you all."
After posting her body positive message on Jan. 4, it has been liked over 100,000 times. Many people are also thanking Dunham for her brilliant essay.
One Instagram commenter wrote, "Wish you were around when I was in my teens and 20s, but thankful to have you for all women now."
Another one wrote about her own journey, "If you and women like us had been visible when we were growing up, we wouldn't be in the mess of problems we are today. At least I know by refusing to shrink and transform for others, we are setting the strongest example possible for the children that will follow us. As a teacher and 'plus' 6 foot 1 inch woman who has battled her whole life against pure hatred and cruelty to her own body, thank you for being stronger than I could, but making me feel like I can be. You are stronger and more powerful than you know. Thanks, Lena."
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(H/T: Huffington Post)