I know that I felt really like Vogue supported me and wanted to put a depiction of me on the cover. I never felt bullied into anything; I felt really happy because they dressed me and styled me in a way that really reflects who I am. And I felt that was very lucky and that all the editors understood my persona, my creativity and who I am. I haven’t been keeping track of all the reactions, but I know some people have been very angry about the cover and that confuses me a little. I don’t understand why, photoshop or no, having a woman who is different than the typical Vogue cover girl, could be a bad thing.
EARLIER: Yesterday afternoon, hell-raising feminist blog Jezebel offered $10,000 for un-Photoshopped pics from Annie Leibovitz’s Vogue cover shoot of HBO “Girls” creator Lena Dunham. And within two hours, via an anonymous source, they got their way. Take a look.
This provocative move on the part of Jezebel illustrates that even a star as no-frills as Lena Dunham, who originally broke ground with her HBO series’ unabashed depiction of everyday female nudity, gets the Photoshop treatment. Nudity on the series was recently targeted by a Wrap reporter at a TCA winter 2014 panel, to the distaste of many including Dunham and “Girls” exec producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner.
Jezebel goes on to list the eerie litany of alterations, from a lengthening of the neck, shaved-down shoulder and back, sharpened jawline to narrowed hips and zapped dimples. Editor-in-Chief Jessica Coen shrewdly traces Vogue’s recent history of distorted female bodies, including slimmed down Adele and Lady Gaga, to a plasticine, expressionless Kate Winslet.
Dunham covers February’s issue of Vogue, which arrives January 28. Check out the cover, shot by Annie Leibovitz, and Dunham and costar Adam Driver looking deviantly supine, below. More undoctored Dunham pics here.