From baring it all on her HBO show to sharing powerful social media posts, Lena Dunham has long been a champion for mental health and body positivity. This week, the writer, producer, and actress posted a naked photo of herself on Instagram along with an inspiring message.
Dunham, 33, strikes an over-the-shoulder pose while sporting nothing but some silver jewelry. The caption begins, “Any negativity that comes your way is just an excuse to love yourself even more, right?” She then encourages fans to join her in practicing self love — for a good cause.
“Comment below with a reason you love yourself. I’ll go first: I’m a sober accountable adult who still loves to get naked. Okay, GO! For every comment in the next week, I’ll be donating a dollar to @FriendlyHouseLA, a residential program for women recovering from substance and alcohol addiction. So guys, be liberal with your self-praise…”
Already, the post has nearly 27,000 comments, which makes for a sizable donation to the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House. Tons of celebrities have joined Dunham in her campaign, including Orlando Bloom, Rumor Willis, and fellow body positive activist Tess Holiday.
Holiday writes: “I love myself because it’s the greatest love I’ve ever known. I love my soft body, tender heart, resilience & courage to keep going. I also love you.”
“You’re a genius!” Orlando Bloom commented. “I’m a recovering-impulsive risk taker – I love my sincere and sometimes too sensitive heart.”
Dunham’s post is certainly not the first time she’s posed naked in the name of body positivity. When her HBO show GIRLS aired, Dunham was often praised for her “bravery,” which she felt completely missed the mark of what she was trying to do.
“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?'” she wrote in an Instagram post celebrating her unretouched Glamour magazine cover. “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.”
After a series of weight fluctuations, Dunham has also opened up about the fact that she is at her heaviest weight ever, yet she feels healthy and happy. “At 32: I weigh the most I ever have,” she wrote in February. “I love the most I ever have. I read and write and laugh the most I ever have. And I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.”