Lena Dunham on the cover of UK <i>Marie Claire</i>.

Lena Dunham on the cover of UK Marie Claire.

Lena Dunham used to gaze at herself and marvel at her beauty when she was growing up.

The star is the creator of Girls, in which she plays neurotic writer Hannah. She is famed for flashing her body and filming unabashed sex scenes and says she has always been confident with her appearance.

‘‘This could very easily be taken out of context and I think it’s funny now, but I remember looking in the mirror as a kid and it would be like for an hour at a time and I’d be like, ’I’m just so beautiful. Everybody is so lucky that they get to look at me,’’’ she told the October edition of UK Marie Claire magazine.

‘‘And of course that changes as you get older, but I may have held on to that little kid feeling that was me alone in my bathroom.’’

Dunham is the cover star of the issue of the magazine and expects some people to dislike the image, but she hopes to improve young girls’ body confidence.

‘‘I’m not saying I am a great candidate for the cover of a fashion magazine. But I do love clothes. People are always surprised to hear that - they think I walk around in a washcloth or something,’’ she said.

‘‘I do think it takes fashion magazines a minute to be comfortable with variations of any kind. Adele is one of the most beautiful women in the world, but every time I see her on the cover, it’s like a crop of her face and it’s just so boring at this point. It’s such a boring conversation.’’

Although she is a big name in the acting world these days, Dunham still has to deal with prejudice. During a recent shoot her size was constantly referred to by a stylist, who moaned sample size bodies were easier to dress.

‘‘I’m like, ’Don’t say that to me.’ I mean, I have a fine sense of self esteem so I’ll be OK, but if you say that to another girl, she’ll literally go throw herself in front of a car,’’ she said.

‘‘(Worrying about my body) is not, like, my area. Sometimes I will be like, ’I feel bloated or outside myself today.’ But it’s so funny; sometimes I’ll see a picture of myself and be like, ’Oh, that’s not my best angle,’ but I just carry on.’’

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