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Sunday 13 July 2014

Lena Dunham: I loved looking at myself

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham used to think she was so pretty people were lucky to look at her when she was young.

The star is the creator of Girls, in which she plays neurotic writer Hannah. She is famed for flashing her body and filming unabashed sex scenes, even though her body isn't the Hollywood norm. Lena is fine with her curves, explaining she has always been confident with her appearance.

"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,'" she told the October edition of UK Marie Claire magazine. "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."

Lena is the cover star of the publication and was thrilled to be asked. She sports a black dress with a lace, spotted, panel across the chest and heavy eye make-up in the image.

The 27-year-old star fully expects some to dislike the image, but she hopes to improve young girls' body confidence.

"I'm not saying I am a great candidate for the cover of a fashion magazine. But I do love clothes. People are always surprised to hear that - they think I walk around in a washcloth or something," she said. "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."

Although she is a big name in the acting world these days, Lena still has to deal with prejudice. During a recent shoot her size was constantly referred to by a stylist, who moaned sample size bodies were easier to dress.

"I'm like, 'Don't say that to me!' I mean, I have a fine sense of self esteem so I'll be OK, but if you say that to another girl, she'll literally go throw herself in front of a car," she recalled.

"[Worrying about my body] is not, like, my area. 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."

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