Aside from being an incredibly talented writer, Lena Dunham is known for being a female empowerment advocate and body positive warrior, and her latest inspirational Instagram post has gone viral.

The Girls creator shared side by side photo’s of paparazzi snaps from 1 year ago, and today, to show people how her figure, and happiness, have changed over the past year for the better.

The post has received over 400,000 likes, after the actor revealed that though she has gained 24lbs, she is now “happy, joyous and free.”

On the left: 138 pounds, complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work. Also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy. On the right: 162 pounds, happy joyous & free, complimented only by people that matter for reasons that matter, subsisting on a steady flow of fun/healthy snacks and apps and entrees, strong from lifting dogs and spirits. Even this OG body positivity warrior sometimes looks at the left picture longingly, until I remember the impossible pain that brought me there and onto my proverbial knees. As I type I can feel my back fat rolling up under my shoulder blades. I lean in.

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Speaking of the slimmer 138lb photo of herself on the left, the actor said she was “complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work.”

Dunham continued to tell fans that in that photo she was “also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy.”

She then spoke of the photo on the right, in which she looks to be beaming with happiness, and said “complimented only by people that matter for reasons that matter, subsisting on a steady flow of fun/ healthy snacks and apps and entrees.”

“Strong from lifting dogs and spirits.”

It’s not the first time that Dunham has spoken out about this image, when tabloid newspapers previously praised her for her weight loss, she hit back with another honest post revealing that it was health issues and anxiety disorder among other things that caused the weight loss.

20 slimdown diet tips! 1. anxiety disorder * 2. resultant constant nausea 3. an election that reveals the true depths of American misogyny 4. constant sweaty dreams of dystopian future 5. abdominal adhesions pinning ovary below uterus * 6. baseless but still harrowing threats to physical safety online and through smail mail 7. watching institutions you love from Planned Parenthood to PBS be threatened by cartoon mustache-twirling villains 8. finally realizing superheroes aren't real (specifically the X-Factor, really thought they'd handle this) 9. marching your ass off 10. a quiet rage that replaces need for food with need for revenge 11. sleeping 19 hours a day 12. realizing that even the liberal media wants dem clicks no matter whut 13. worrying ceaselessly about the health and safety of women you know and women you don't 14. realizing who ya real friends are 15. having to switch from Uber to Lyft (lots of calories burned trying to understand a new app, then even more trying to understand if the conflict was resolved) 16. bladder spasms, urinary frequency and urgency * 17. having your phone number leaked and violent images texted to your phone by randos under names like [email protected] 18. keeping your back arched against the wind 19. um, who the fuck cares? 20. I have no tips I give no tips I don't want to be on this cover cuz it's diametrically opposed to everything I've fought my whole career for and it's not a compliment to me because it's not an achievement thanx * Star indicates a pre-existing condition

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The writer does admit though that even though she is happy now, like many women she does sometimes look back at the slimmer image with a feeling of longing. “Even this OG body positivity warrior sometimes looks at the left picture longingly, until I remember the impossible pain that brought me there and on to my proverbial knees.”

Inspired and touched fans have commented with words of love and support for the actress…

One lady said; “Love love LOVE❤️ There is so much self hatred out there. More ❤️ to the people! Go you girl💪🌟

“I love reading posts like this. Because being happy with yourself (internally and externally) is what we are about. Regardless of gender. We are human. Our bodies will be with us longer than anyone else. Our body is our permanent home. Knowing someone loves who they are inside and out brings true joy to myself and many others. Thank you for the inspiration ❤️ this image speaks a thousand words,” said another fan.

Another inspired girl said; “Love you on the right!!!! Happiness, your baby in your arms and not a care in the world! 😊”

She finished her caption saying; “As I type I can feel my back fat rolling up under my shoulder blades. I lean in.

Lena, we love you!

Images: @lenadunham on Instagram