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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.
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Just wanted to share that one of the reasons @eatingboys has inspired me so much is because of the way she mixes her humor and sexuality. I spent so many years loving my body but thinking it wasn't lovable by others- its sole purpose was to be fodder for jokes. I performed the insult so no one else could. I don't regret any of it- that's my art and that was my truth- but 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.
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:Screenshot/Instagram
Another echoed Dunham’s self-love sentiments, feeling moved to accept a “complete, unabashed representation” of self.Screenshot/Instagram
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.’”
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Thank you, Elizabeth Kennedy, for making me feel so embodied in this sensual tablecloth of a gown. Commes Des Garçons has always been for the creature who dares to be different, who needs clothing to be more than a way to telegraph wealth or culturally imposed super-sexuality. Now THAT is a theme I can get behind. Much love to @voguemagazine for bringing so much power and passion to the Met, which has always been church to me. It's easy to forget amidst the glitz just how much good this night does, raising millions to preserve essential artifacts and making sure style really is for everyone. ❤️ Can I get an amen?