The blog Jezebel offered $10,000 to anyone who could provide the un-retouched photos from the fashion bible’s February issue featuring the "Girls" writer and star. Although the offer was somewhat insulting to Dunham, writer Katy Waldman over at Slate’s Double X blog rightly pointed out that Dunham walks around on her show naked or partially clothed most of the time, so it was obviously meant as more of a comment on the magazine industry’s overuse of Photoshop.
Whatever the intention, 27-year-old Dunham clearly wasn't interested in making herself the new face of the Photoshop debate. She responded to the hubbub when she tweeted that, “Some s—t is just too ridiculous to engage. Let's use our energy wisely, 2014." She also suggested that the reward money go to another cause. "10k? Give it to charity then just order HBO."
The actress also defended the magazine in an interview with Slate. "I understand that for people there is a contradiction between what I do and being on the cover of Vogue; but frankly I really don't know what the photoshopping situation is, I can't look at myself really objectively in that way," she said. "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."
Dunham added, "A fashion magazine is like a beautiful fantasy. Vogue isn't the place that we go to look at realistic women, Vogue is the place that we go to look at beautiful clothes and fancy places and escapism and so I feel like if the story reflects me and I happen to be wearing a beautiful Prada dress and surrounded by beautiful men and dogs, what's the problem? If they want to see what I really look like go watch the show that I make every single week."
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Jezebel alleged that the images were so altered that a pigeon appearing to be sitting atop Dunham's head had been added digitally. However, Vogue posted an Instagram pic that proved a bird actually was perched on Lena's head for her magazine shoot.
Kim Kardashian's was also accused of doctoring photos earlier this month after she posted an image of her backside that appeared to be, um, digitally enhanced.
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