“I think that I may be the voice of my generation,” Hannah Horvath, Lena Dunham’s alter ego proudly states in the pivotal 2012 pilot episode of HBO’s Girls. “Or at least a voice… of a generation.” 


Though some of us may have brushed her off three years ago (after all, Dunham was just reciting a script she wrote for a television show), the outspoken 29-year-old has since proven to the world she’s much more than just another Hollywood starlet desperate for fame, fortune and a size zero body. In fact, Dunham doesn’t want any of those things. She simply wants to change the world, be herself and redefine feminism.

Despite her stable of critics and haters, Dunham has kept the dialogue open, posting near-nude photos on social media, discussing her mental health issues and a sexual assault experience in college as well as sharing inspiring images of her body and her healthy-living journey. Diane Kruger, Taylor Swift and writer Ali Wentworth are just a few celebrities who have praised Dunham and deemed her a role model—and we couldn’t agree more. From conquering fears and dealing with haters, to being OK with playing with a physically “disfigured” Barbie, LivingHealthy has put together a slideshow of several inspirational life lessons to be learned from Lena.