Not this one, obviously, the one below from her Instagram feed. Lena Dunham has appeared nude so many times, it’s surprising to see her with her clothes on. But these aren’t clothes. The whole outfit is body paint.

Lena’s mother, Laurie Simmons, photographed the portrait of her in full body paint. The ‘outfit’ is inspired, Lena says, by Audrey Hepburn ‘because curvy girls can do Audrey too.’

She’s a controversial woman who has inspired love and hate in equal measure. But whatever you think of her, she’s done quite a bit for women when it comes to feeling the body love. Not least by being unafraid to get her kit off on screen while playing table tennis without a hint of self-consciousness. The scene was in Girls, of course, the show Lena created.

When I watched her bouncing around, looking all curvy and fantastic, it was like a little pressure valve being released. I actually felt better. We need more women like Lena to wash away the accumulated stress of constantly being pressured to conform. I hadn’t even realised I was feeling body shame or stress at the time, which shows you how creepy and insidious it is. And despite Lena’s obvious defiance and admirable confidence, she isn’t immune to it either.

I feel it’s time to revisit the short essay on body image that she posted on her Instagram feed:

“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.”

The Glamour shoot she’s talking about (with lovely images) is here. There’s a great article explaining Lena’s talents and achievements here. And her complete body-image post is below.

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.

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