At this point, Lena Dunham is a pro at shutting down critics who feel like they have the right to comment on her body. 

Any time a troll comes for her  stomach or her weight or her pubic hair, Dunham is always quick to clap back and stop the shaming.

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But, unfortunately, sometimes the loudest (and arguably most hurtful) critic happens to be the one inside your head — and quieting the self-deprecating beast can be trickier than silencing a random troll.

Dunham knows the struggle firsthand.

In a heartfelt Instagram post, Dunham admitted that she used to make insulting jokes about her body because she thought if she didn't, someone else would.

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At the time, Dunham was struggling with her own body confidence. She revealed she didn't think her figure was "lovable by others," so she turned her body into a joke.

She wrote on Instagram:

"I spent so many years loving my body but thinking it wasn't lovable by others. Its sole purpose was to be fodder for jokes. I performed the insult so no one else could."

But Dunham has come a long way. She understands that she was ultra-critical of her body and has grown to love every inch of herself.

"Now, at age 31, having been through hell and back with my health and other people's perceptions of my physicality, I feel deeply comfortable with the idea that this pear-shaped pot of honey is equally good for making people laugh and laying out like a Suicide Girl circa 2004," she noted.

Due to her battle with endometriosis, Dunham is aware her weight will probably fluctuate throughout her life.

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"Right now I'm struggling to control my endometriosis through a healthy diet and exercise," she wrote on Instagram in March. "So my weight loss isn't a triumph."

But her body-positive attitude isn't going anywhere.

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She concluded her Instagram post by reminding her followers that, when it comes to her body, she "love[s] it all." 

After years of hiding her insecurities by making jokes about her body, Dunham has finally gotten to a place of true self-acceptance.

Her journey is truly inspiring.