By Sharing Two Photos, Lena Dunham Makes An Important Point About Weight And Being Happy

"Happy, joyous and free."

Lena Dunham isn't afraid to be candid. She has been open about her struggles with anxiety and the importance of honesty, getting a hysterectomy at age 31, and realizing how selfless and strong nurses are after she was in the hospital for 10 nights following surgery for endometriosis.


The former "Girls" actress, writer, and creator has also been a champion of self-love and body positivity.

In an Instagram post from July 10, the self-described "body positive warrior" shared two photos of herself. The image on the left was an older one when she weighed less while the one on the right was a recent one where she weighed more.

The post highlights how fitting into a rigid ideal of beauty and weight doesn't guarantee inner happiness nor does it mean that a person is healthy, and why she is "leaning in" to how she looks now.

"On the left: 138 pounds, complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work. Also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy. On the right: 162 pounds, happy joyous & free, complimented only by people that matter for reasons that matter, subsisting on a steady flow of fun/healthy snacks and apps and entrees, strong from lifting dogs and spirits. Even this OG body positivity warrior sometimes looks at the left picture longingly, until I remember the impossible pain that brought me there and onto my proverbial knees. As I type I can feel my back fat rolling up under my shoulder blades. I lean in."

The self-love message of the post has touched many who are thanking Dunham for sharing her post because it's also helping them on their own journeys of self-acceptance and love.

"Thank you for your fierce eloquence! I needed your inspiration and words today," one commenter said.

"This is literally the truest post and I can completely relate. Thank you," wrote another.

"I legit cried this morning putting on my Mom jeans, remembering that three years ago, I weighed 30 pounds less than I do today. Thanks for reminding us that everybody can be an OG body positive warrior," another Instagram user stated.

A fourth person concluded, "Both are beautiful pics deserving of all the compliments and healthy, fun, strong spirited and full of positivity is the best that you can ever be."

Cover image: Kathy Hutchins /


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