Actress Lena Dunham has shared a reminder to everyone that looks can be very deceiving – especially on social media.
And her latest Instagram post also contains an important message about mental health.
The 32-year-old has shared side-by-side photos of herself taken at two different times in her life, detailing the way she was feeling during both stages.
“In the first picture I look like a cashmere princess made of miracles and in the second I look like I’ve killed 9 husbands and hidden them in the bayou,” Dunham writes on Instagram.
“But in the first I was hiding wildly untreated illness physical and mental under my fancy coat and in the second I am restored to sanity, talking to someone I love about the job I love on my way home from a really enriching morning.”
The Girls star was photographed by the paparazzi speaking on the phone outside her hotel in New York City, where she lives.
“I am out of pain. This is your (and my) daily reminder that there are things more honest than pictures and that your feed is a bastion of lies!”
Dunham has previously spoken about her struggles with anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
“I have obsessive compulsive disorder and a generalized anxiety disorder that often leads to dissociative anxiety,” she told People in 2017.
“I would tell my younger self that there’s no shame in asking a teacher for help, telling a friend that you’re uncomfortable and that it’s just the same as falling down and scraping your knee.”
The author, actress and director has come to be viewed as a champion for self-love.
And it’s not the first time Dunham has shared contrasting photographs of herself.
Last month she posted two images, one when she weighed 63 kilograms and another when she was 10 kilos heavier – but, happier.
Dunham’s brutally honest social media posts are always a hit with her legion of fans.
One wrote, “An important message needed now more than ever” while another user said, “This is an amazing attitude and such a positive message. I hope you get through to many”.