lena dunham calls out spanish magazine for photoshopping her body
She's not that kind of girl.
Lena Dunham has called out Spanish magazine Tentaciones for photoshopping her body on the cover of its March issue. Taking to Instagram, the writer, actress, producer, director and all-round-general-cool-person posted a picture of the mag alongside the message: "Oh hello El Pais! I am genuinely honored to be on your cover and so happy you licensed a pic by @ruvenafanador, who always makes me feel gorgeous. BUT this is NOT what my body has ever looked like or will ever look like -- the magazine has done more than the average photoshop. So if you're into what I do, why not be honest with your readers?"
In a further twist, Tentacione have responded today with a statement claiming that the any retouching must have been done before they actually received the image. The magazine, a monthly supplement with Spanish newspaper El País, said on its website: "For this cover we used a picture of the session that you [Lena] made in 2013 Ruven Afanador photographer, published at the time by Entertainment Weekly. For Tentacione, we acquired that picture through the Corbis agency and used the original sent to us without applying any retouching." The statement continued: "Those who know and follow our magazine know that we do not use Photoshop or other digital tools to change the physique of the people featured on our cover or inside stories. This time we just cut the original image to fit the format of our cover."
Dunham, of course, has made a name for herself championing issues of body image and women in the media, telling i-D back in 2012: "I think young girls will be my subject matter even after I'm a young girl. This industry is so unkind to women, especially to aging women and I'm not going to be a person who takes kindly to rules that Hollywood imposes." And whatever the real situation entails, we're still glad she continues to be vocal.
Photography Todd Cole