Lena Dunham says getting naked on TV is part of her ‘contribution to the world’

Taylor Bigler Entertainment Editor
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Lena Dunham, the oft-nude star and creator of HBO’s insufferable, overrated series “Girls” about a group of insufferable girls living in Brooklyn, says that getting naked on television is part of her contribution to the world.

In an interview for the September issue of Marie Claire UK, Dunham talked about her frequent onscreen nudity.

“I don’t think I’d be able to do that if I didn’t think it was essentially important in my contribution to the world,” she said. “I don’t think I’d be able to do this and put myself in all these situations on camera that are kind of humiliating and uncomfortable. Nobody wants to sit there doggy-style for ten hours while they shoot or whatever. It’s not sexy or glamorous.”

Dunham explained that she doesn’t mind doing nudie scenes because she has very high self-esteem.

“My parents both have really healthy attitudes about their own bodies but also about the range of things that can be beautiful. 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,” Dunham said.

“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.”

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