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Lena Dunham, 35, just responded to body shaming comments on her wedding photos on Instagram.
The actress and writer shared a caption all about her newfound body confidence, including how she came to love her body after struggling with addiction.
"It's okay to live in your present body without treating it as transitional," Lena wrote. "I am, and I'm really enjoying it."
In late September, Lena posted a sweet snap from her wedding to musician Luis Felber on Instagram. "9*25*21 - that’s how she became the nanny...," Lena wrote in the caption. But when the post's comments began filling up with negative, body shaming messages about her weight gain, Lena responded with a new post.
Underneath a selfie, the Camping creator included a powerful caption addressing the hurtful messages. "Over the years, I've shared many challenges with you and these moments of joy had me thinking that we should admit when we’re happy too- it's not a crime," Lena wrote.
"But all of this safety made me forget, for a moment, why I’ve created such intense boundaries with the internet over the past few years," she continued. "It's a little too easy to feel the glow of support and forget about the cesspool lurking behind it- so I took a peek, and saw some gnarly shit, most not worth responding to or even sharing with you."
Then, Lena explained why she felt it was important to respond. "One narrative I take issue with, largely because it's a story I don't want other women, other people, to get lodged in their heads is that I should somehow be ashamed because my body has changed since I was last on television," she wrote.
"Firstly 'did Lena eat the cast of Girls' just isn't a very good joke- I could punch that up for the Tweeter. Secondly, it's ironic to have my body compared to a body that was also the subject of public scorn- an echo chamber of body shaming," Lena explained.
"But lastly, when will we learn to stop equating thinness with health/happiness? Of course weight loss can be the result of positive change in habits, but guess what? So can weight gain," she went on.
Lena also opened up about her struggle with addiction to prescription drugs in the post. "The pics I’m being compared to are from when I was in active addiction with undiagnosed illness. In the 4 years since I've gotten sober and begun my life as someone who aspires toward health and not just achievement," she said.
"These changes have allowed me to be the kind of sister/friend/daughter that I want to be and yes- meet my husband (who, by the way, doesn't recognize me in those old photos because he sees how dimmed my light was.)"
"I say this for any other person whose appearance has been changed with time, illness or circumstance," Lena finished. "It's okay to live in your present body without treating it as transitional. I am, and I'm really enjoying it. Love you all."
Fans in the comments rallied behind Lena and shared their own words of support. "This has landed right in my heart," one user wrote. "Thank you, Lena, and I am so happy for you. What a gift you are to the world ❤️❤️."
Fellow celebs responded, too:
Actress Tori Spelling said, "Congrats Lena! You deserve it. You look so happy. . Love you ❤️." While comedian Amy Schumer commented, "Yes to all this. Here’s to health bitch!! Thanks for holding my hand toward my own as well."
"This is just so beautifully said. And I thank you for putting it out there. Sending so much love and so many hugs to you both. From one newlywed to another ❤️❤️❤️❤️," wrote actress Lily Collins.
No time for body shamers here, folks. You tell 'em, Lena!
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