Lena Dunham, actress, writer and director extraordinaire, has created a hashtag for people to share their “beautiful lonesome photos”: #beautifullylonesome.
She has long been a positive body image supporter and has no fear of exposing herself through her art.
Dunham is also beginning a newsletter called Lenny, which will include stories from a feminist slant.
Tag @lennyletter & me in YOUR beautifully lonesome pics please and we'll share some standouts on @lennyletter's insta...#beautifullylonesome
What does #beautifullylonesome mean exactly?
It could be so many different things—even for those of us surrounded by loving family and friends, we all feel lonely sometimes.
To be able to find the beauty within that loneliness, within a sadness that can strip us away from the things we love, can be a challenge on most days. But we need to keep trying.
To be able to look at ourselves boldly, naked and without regrets or apologies, is freedom.
We can strip down, see others’ beauty, and hopefully, eventually, see ours as well.
I’m still trying to come to terms with my three-baby belly. I feel ashamed of its wonkiness on my bad days, guilty for not loving myself more completely on my better days.
I know that I should celebrate my “stripes” that I have earned, and I know that my body brought three little humans into this world, but I still can’t help feeling the way I do.
I can simply keep trying, everyday, to accept and love myself a little more.