Lena Dunham has written a short, defiant essay about body image and the importance of un-retouched imagery. The Girls creator posted the piece on her Instagram account yesterday, along with several un-photoshopped images from a recent Glamour cover shoot.
“Throughout my teens I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I was fucking funny looking,” Dunham wrote in the caption. “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.”
“This body is on the cover of a magazine that millions of women will read, without photoshop, my thigh on full imperfect display,” she wrote. “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 ones is, no matter their size, colour, gender identity, and there's a place for us all in popular culture to be recognised as beautiful.”