Lena Dunham thanks magazine for leaving her cellulite on the cover

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Lena Dunham has thanked a magazine for putting her cellulite on the cover without re-touching her image.

The Girls star said she was grateful to Glamour for publishing the photo without feeling the need to photoshop any lumps and bumps out of it.

Lena shared a picture of the cover, which features her with her Girls co-stars, on Instagram.

The 30-year-old also posted a lengthy message about body positivity.

She said: "Throughout my teens I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I was fucking funny looking. Potbelly, rabbit teeth, knock knees - I could never seem to get it right and it haunted my every move.

"I posed as the sassy confident one, secretly horrified and hurt by careless comments and hostility.

"Let's get something straight: I didn't hate what I looked like - I hated the culture that was telling me to hate it.

"When my career started, some people celebrated my look but always through the lens of 'isn't she brave? Isn't it such a bold move to show THAT body on TV?'

"Then there were the legions of trolls who made high school teasing look like a damned joke with the violent threats they heaped on, the sickening insults that made me ache for teen girls like me who might be reading my comments."

She continued: "Well, today this body is on the cover of a magazine that millions of women will read, without photoshop, my thigh on full imperfect display.

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Lena Dunham (Charles Sykes/AP)

"Whether you agree with my politics, like my show or connect to what I do, it doesn't matter - my body isn't fair game. No one's is, no matter their size, colour, gender identity, and there's a place for us all in popular culture to be recognised as beautiful.

"Haters are gonna have to get more intellectual and creative with their disses in 2017 because none of us are going to be scared into muumuus by faceless basement dwellers, or cruel blogs, or even our partners and friends."

She went on: "Thank you to the women in Hollywood (and on Instagram!) leading the way, inspiring and normalising the female form in EVERY form, and thank you to @glamourmag for letting my cellulite do the damn thing on news stands everywhere today.

"Love you all."