Lena Dunham is glad you can see her cellulite on Glamour magazine.

Lena Dunham will be the first to tell you she used to have a potbelly, rabbit teeth, and knock-knees as a kid.

She didn't mind — but she cared that others did. People thought she was "funny looking."

"I didn't hate what I looked like," she explained in a recent Instagram post. "I hated the culture that was telling me to hate it."


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Dunham, creator and star of HBO's "Girls," has long been an outspoken — albeit controversial — champion for body positivity and women's rights. She's found herself in hot water on more than one occasion (and has plenty of non-fans to prove it), but still — it's difficult not to celebrate the underlying message of her Instagram post on Jan. 3, 2016.

In promoting the final season of her show, Dunham and the other "girls" were on the cover of Glamour magazine — without Photoshop.

"Thank you to [Glamour] for letting my cellulite do the damn thing on news stands everywhere today," Dunham wrote.

The magazine confirmed with Upworthy that none of the women on the cover were photoshopped.

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The February 2017 issue was also "100% produced by women" — an initiative to allow more women to be the visual and editorial creators behind the content women read and consume (makes sense, right?).

"Every story and every photo, from first page to last, was created by women," according to Glamour.

The magazine publishing world has a lot of work to do in making sure every woman — regardless of dress size, body shape, and skin color — feels like there's a place for her in it.

It was just last April when the same Glamour magazine bungled the concept of plus-size labeling, including actor Amy Schumer under the genre without her approval. The comedian said herself she wears between a size 6 and size 8, while plus-size clothing starts at size 12.

It was a move that, as editor-in-chief Cindi Leive later clarified, wasn't the intended implication, but the damage was already done.

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"I think there's nothing wrong with being plus size. Beautiful healthy women," Schumer wrote in her response. "[Glamour] put me in their plus size only issue without asking or letting me know and it doesn't feel right to me. Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous."

Dunham's cover is a small victory within an industry that's slowly but surely evolving for the better.

"Today this body is on the cover of a magazine that millions of women will read, without photoshop, my thigh on full imperfect display," Dunham wrote in her post. "Whether you agree with my politics, like my show or connect to what I do, it doesn't matter — my body isn't fair game. No one's is, no matter their size, color, gender identity, and there's a place for us all in popular culture to be recognized as beautiful."

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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This article originally appeared on 12.02.19


Just imagine being an 11-year-old boy who's been shuffled through the foster care system. No forever home. No forever family. No idea where you'll be living or who will take care of you in the near future.

Then, a loving couple takes you under their care and chooses to love you forever.

What could one be more thankful for?

That's why when a fifth grader at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, Utah was asked by his substitute teacher what he's thankful for this Thanksgiving, he said finally being adopted by his two dads.

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To the child's shock, the teacher replied, "that's nothing to be thankful for," and then went on a rant in front of 30 students saying that "two men living together is a sin" and "homosexuality is wrong."

While the boy sat there embarrassed, three girls in the class stood up for him by walking out of the room to tell the principal. Shortly after, the substitute was then escorted out of the building.

While on her way out she scolded the boy, saying it was his fault she was removed.

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One of the boy's parents-to-be is Louis van Amstel, is a former dancer on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." "It's absolutely ridiculous and horrible what she did," he told The Salt Lake Tribune. "We were livid. It's 2019 and this is a public school."

The boy told his parents-to-be he didn't speak up in the classroom because their final adoption hearing is December 19 and he didn't want to do anything that would interfere.

He had already been through two failed adoptions and didn't want it to happen again.

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A spokesperson for the Alpine School District didn't go into detail about the situation but praised the students who spoke out.

"Fellow students saw a need, and they were able to offer support," David Stephenson said. "It's awesome what happened as far as those girls coming forward."

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He also said that "appropriate action has been taken" with the substitute teacher.

"We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate behavior and take these matters very seriously," Kelly Services, the school the contracts out substitute teachers for the district, said in a statement. "We conduct business based on the highest standards of integrity, quality, and professional excellence. We're looking into this situation."

After the incident made the news, the soon-to-be adoptive parents' home was covered in paper hearts that said, "We love you" and "We support you."

Religion is supposed to make us better people.

But what have here is clearly a situation where a woman's judgement about what is good and right was clouded by bigoted dogma. She was more bothered by the idea of two men loving each other than the act of pure love they committed when choosing to adopt a child.