Ah Ha! So THIS Is The Source Of Lena Dunham’s Self Esteem…

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham is synonymous for being a successful young woman and not conforming to Hollywood standards. She gives hope to many young aspiring actresses, writers and anyone who is looking for a healthy version of a role model whose appearance is not the only source of their fame.

In an interview with Marie Claire UK she talks about the reason perhaps for why she has always considered herself beautiful.

A lot of it was due to a healthy self-image when she was young, which stuck with her into adulthood.

“This could very easily be taken out of context and I think it’s funny now, but I remember looking in the mirror as a kid and it would be like for an hour at a time and I’d be like, ’I’m just so beautiful. Everybody is so lucky that they get to look at me.’ And of course that changes as you get older, but I may have held on to that little kid feeling that was me alone in my bathroom.”

While she was prone to the usual bouts of insecurities and anxiety that ever young girl faces, she ultimately used this is the foundation for her successful hit HBO series Girls.

“Sometimes I will be like, ’I feel bloated or outside myself today.’ But it’s so funny; sometimes I’ll see a picture of myself and be like, ’Oh, that’s not my best angle,’ but I just carry on.'”


The September MC cover girl admits how weird it is to see herself on a cover of a magazine as society and fashion has subconsciously dictated what a cover girl should and shouldn’t be. Although we’d certainly prefer to see more of the Lena’s in this world on magazine covers!

“I do think it takes fashion magazines a minute to be comfortable with variations of any kind. Adele is one of the most beautiful women in the world, but every time I see her on the cover, it’s like a crop of her face and it’s just so boring at this point. It’s such a boring conversation.”

Growing up with parents who taught beauty and confidence comes in a range of variations is one of the biggest reasons for her self esteem.

“My parents both have really healthy attitudes about their own bodies but also about the range of things that can be beautiful,” she says. “But they also just always made me feel pretty and cool and smart, even in the moments when I have known –- and still know –- that my body wasn’t fitting into a traditional Hollywood idea of the female body.” she told Marie Claire.

So there you have it. It’s not a secret recipe or formula. It’s about having a great support network and learning to accept different forms of beauty and success as normal, not just a narrow media-forced definition.

It’s also about not trying to fit in to any social norms thinking that is what is going to make you more popular. Accept yourself for who you are, and go beyond that to celebrate your own beauty and unique qualities. Fitting in is so boring anyhow!

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  1. Love Lena Dunham! Wish there were more women like her in the entertainment industry.

  2. Love this! So inspiring and such a great role model!

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