The new year is here and with it, all sorts of resolutions and plans to be better versions of ourselves. You know who kicked off 2016 in the most body positive way, which is something she has been doing since, you know, forever? Lena Dunham rocked a black bikini in one of her first 2016 Instagram posts and she ditched makeup, which she does often. The result was once again totally amazing, because Dunham presented herself "as is" and without any artifice.
Dunham took an aerial selfie while she was flat on her back, slaying the bikini that was comprised of a squarish, black bra top and high-waisted boy shorts with a chain of charms along the front. That was a cute, additional touch.
The actor, writer, author, and consummate multi-hyphenate captioned the shot as such: "Not her natural habitat but she's trying her darnedest!!!" Many of her fans commented that they feel the same way and posted about how good Dunham looked.
Dunham's no makeup bikini selfie is just another in a long line of examples of Dunham being real, like last week's makeup-free selfie that also showed us how she feeds her mind. She isn't chasing unattainable beauty standards; instead, she is redefining them. And that, my friends, is modern-day feminism in its finest form.
Dunham's bathing suit selfie was about so much more than catching rays! Your sole takeaway from this selfie is to be yourself. It's her confidence that is sexy and memorable. More ups to Dunham for taking the power back and displaying her curves. She should be your inspo when shopping your next two-piece set.
It's never too early to start thinking about what bikinis and bathing suits you want to rock, as opposed to thinking about it as your "bikini body," when the season rolls around. I know it's January, but warm weather will be here before you know it! Wishful thinking, people!
Want to copy Dunham's two-piece swimsuit? You can, since there are so many super affordable options and styles.
These flattering, high-waisted briefs have such a vintage vibe and they come in all sizes. ($25.08, asos.com)
This halter bikini top matches the boxy shape of the bottoms and can provide some additional support in addition to symmetry. ($21.50, asos.com)
This cropped version is super similar to Dunham's. ($21.50, asos.com)
I am particularly attracted to this halter because of the cut and because I am super busty. When paired with the boy shorts, the total presentation is so classic. You'd need to use one of the black and white Insta filters for no other purpose than to capture a vintage, '50s vibe. ($25.08, asos.com)
There are many more mix 'n' match options at ASOS and they don't break the bank! Thanks to Dunham for some providing winter inspo to plan ahead when picking out bathing suits.
Images: Lena Dunham/Instagram (1); Courtesy ASOS (4)