Lena Dunham: Inspires Body Confidence with Running Pic

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Lena Dunham has made a career out of shamelessly talking about her body image and proudly resisting Hollywood’s demand for the ultra-skinny and svelte female body.

She is often naked on her HBO show, Girls.  But even in real life, she promotes a healthy body image.  Remember the time Lena posed in lingerie?

Lena Dunham Running

And now that a new picture of her is making its rounds on the web, she is inspiring body confidence again!

Dunham posted a paparazzi pic on Instagram showing her dressed in fitted workout clothes while going for a run.  The picture was taken while filming the upcoming season of Girls.

Many celebrities would be mortified by being caught running with no makeup on.  But Dunham felt pride in the picture as it circulated the internet.

The 29-year-old actress and writer was thrilled about how she felt when the picture was taken.

“Not usually one to post a paparazzi shot but this fills me with pride. Basically my whole life I have hated running and run like a wounded baby Pterodactyl. It was embarrassing and honestly I did not trust myself to escape a burning building or even move briskly towards a buffet,” she captioned the photo.

Dunham added, “Within an hour I had a different relationship to this formerly torturous activity. I felt strong, swift and proud.”

“I'm not about to embrace that triathlon life but it's a true joy to continue getting more connected to my body and its powers. (Extra motivation provided by @manrepeller for @outdoorvoices.)#moveforyourmind.”

This isn’t the first time Lena has been candid about the positive influence of exercise.

In April, Lena rocked a sports bra and leggings, encouraging women to be proud of their bodies. 

She captioned the photo, "Late to @tracyandersonmethod & forgot my workout clothes so had to snag a size large bra and size small pants (wrong in myriad ways.).

"But do we soldier on?  Yes, yes we do because we want to be a strong & happy lady #largebrasmallpantscantlose."

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Lena Dunham Quotes

My mother and I have a massive fight when I choose to wear a banana-printed belly shirt and pink leggings to the Vatican.

I am 20 years old and hate myself. My hair, my face, the curve of my stomach. The way my voice comes out wavering and my poems come out maudlin.