Lena Dunham shows Endometriosis scars in new bikini selfie

Girls star bravely bares all and hits out at online bullies

Anyone who loves Girls knows that Lena Dunham has no problem showing off her body.

And on Wednesday she dared to bare again, bravely posing in a bikini that showed her Endometriosis scars.

Taking to Instagram stories the 30-year-old posted a very natural bikini picture on Wednesday.

Wearing leopard print bottoms and a black frilly top, make-up free Lena took a selfie of herself looking in the mirror.

She captioned the snap: ‘“When the Target swimsuit does a b**ch right, Endo scars & all.”

Dunham has opened up in the past about her struggle with Endometriosis, a chronic disease where the tissue that lines the uterus grows in other places in the body.

In November 2015, she penned an essay about the disease on her site.

“The feeling of stopping a crew of 100 people from doing their jobs is far more stressful than missing Intro to Greek Drama class at a liberal-arts college, but I felt the same sense of hot shame,” Dunham wrote of her struggles with the illness.

“The kind of shame you feel as someone with an anxiety disorder that plays tricks on them. The kind of shame you feel as a woman showing weakness.”

She had a surgery in November, noting that afterward, “I was better than I had been in ten years.”

This week Lena also hit out at internet trolls in another Instagram post.

Alongside a photo showing the words “more love’ in neon letters she wrote: ‘Many of you know that I’ve dealt with my share of Internet trolls.

‘I’m not here to bitch and moan, because that’s what my therapist is for, but I have often been disappointed by what feels like a lack of effort to protect people online from racist, misogynist, ableist, xenophobic & transphobic language.

‘I’ve even read clear threats! Social media communities should engender a dialogue, not become tools for verbal abuse.

‘As a public person I know I’m taking on a certain amount of hate, and I armor myself (though that doesn’t mean I don’t go totally effing nuts when I see some of my heroes getting attacked online for things like their race or sexuality.) But I can’t help but wonder how people without the same resources have learned to cope.

‘What about teenagers who are still forming their identities, and for whom cyber-abuse is an absolute threat to their mental health?’

Last year, Dunham told Re/Code she washed her hands of Twitter after she was targeted by bullies after posting a scantily-clad selfie in which she was wearing her boyfriend’s underwear.

‘It turned into the most rabid, disgusting comments about my body, and my Instagram page was somehow the hub for misogynists for the afternoon,’ said Dunham, who said she now has another person administer her account, which boasts nearly five million followers.

Nancy Brown
Associate Editor