Lena Dunham loves looking at herself in the mirror because she's proud of the way she looks.
The Girls creator and star was happy with her body in her early 20s, but when she shot to fame due to the huge success of her hit HBO show, she found her figure cruelly scrutinised.
"It's interesting how numb you become to it. I remember when I was 22 looking in the mirror and thinking, 'I'm just gorgeous! Look at me! What a babe!'" she told Cosmopolitan U.K. magazine. "And then my career happened, life happened, and instead of growing as it should, that feeling dwindled and I started to look in the mirror and see my pain on the inside rather than beauty on the outside."
After undergoing a hysterectomy in 2017 to alleviate her severe endometriosis, Lena is accepting of the struggles she's had with her body.
"It's funny, I'm probably the heaviest now that I've ever been in my entire life, and I've been through so much physically, but I look more like when I was 22 than at any other point because I can feel the peace inside me," she explained. "Sometimes I'll even find - and you're not allowed to say this as a woman - that I'll be sitting there staring in the mirror for two minutes because I like the way I look. I look at myself and think, 'Woah, I just got lost looking into my own eyes.'"
Lena also recalled an incident that occurred after she had appeared on the cover of U.S. Vogue in 2014, revealing that editors at U.S. gossip website Jezebel were offering $10,000 (£7,600) to anyone who could obtain untouched images of the shoot.
"And people sent them in, and they were comparing the retouched and unretouched images. I remember thinking, 'You want to basically prove this image of me that I'm so proud of isn't real?'" she fired.
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