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How Lena Dunham Saw Herself When She Was Young

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LENA DUNHAM
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Actress Lena Dunham attends the Young New York Fundraiser in support of Scott Stringer for NYC Comptroller at Maritime Hotel on August 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images) | Getty

Lena Dunham's awesome self-confidence both on and off-screen probably stems from her childhood attitudes.

In a recent interview for Marie Claire UK's October issue, Dunham recalled how she felt about her appearance when she was young. (Hint: She felt awesome about it.) 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.

She also told Marie Claire that she tries not to waste time worrying about her looks or her body -- something that we can imagine must be all the more challenging when you're in the public spotlight. "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.'"

Everyone feels bad about themselves sometimes, but to "just carry on" and focus on the more joyful, meaningful and important parts of life is something we could all stand to do more often.

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To read the feature in full, see the 25th Birthday October issue of Marie Claire UK, out now.

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