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Lena Dunham is consistently an open book. She’s vocalized some pretty controversial opinions on everything from politics to abortion and has taken some major heat from fans and foes alike.

But the “Girls” showrunner is taking some time to spread positive messages, too. In her most recent Instagram post, Dunham bares it all in a naked snap all for the sake of body positivity.

The photo features Dunham’s naked torso – the important bits covered up by two pear emojis and a honey pot.

The caption reads, in part:

“Now, at age 31, having been through hell and back with my health and other people’s perceptions of my physicality, I feel deeply comfortable with the idea that this pear-shaped pot of honey is equally good for making people laugh and laying out like a Suicide Girl circa 2004. Love it all.”

She revealed that up until this point, her highly criticized body was “fodder for jokes.” But now, she’s ready to turn that humor into genuine love, and challenges her fans to do the same.

Followers were moved by her candid display and took the comments to thank the controversial comedian.

One fan was inspired Dunham’s message to “embrace all of” herself:


Another echoed Dunham’s self-love sentiments, feeling moved to accept a “complete, unabashed representation” of self.


The actress has always been vocal about nudity on her HBO show, and the hope and courage it gave other women who felt outside the borders of stereotypical beauty.

She spoke at great length about her “non-traditional” body at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The writer explained how many other women feel “freed” after seeing the actress naked on television:

“Some of the most love and compliments I’ve gotten have been from women who are considered to have perfect and beautiful bodies, who I think feel the constant pressure to maintain those bodies…They seemed to have felt freed in some way by seeing me just say ‘f**k it.’”

Dunham most recent tour, “LennyLetter: America IRL,” which hoped to unite Middle America with bipartisan commentary, was canceled in May due to her returning endometriosis.

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