Lena Dunham has responded further to Jezebel’s offer of $10,000 for unretouched pictures from her Vogue photo shoot, saying she’s confused as to why there’s been such controversy surrounding her magazine cover.
“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. I know that I felt really like Vogue supported me and wanted to put a depiction of me on the cover,” the “Girls” creator and star tells Slate France.
“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,” she adds. “And I felt that was very lucky and that all the editors understood my persona, my creativity and who I am.”
Alluding to Jezebel’s bounty for the unaltered images, she says, “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.”
The Jezebel editor responsible for the hunt responded to Dunham’s response, saying, “Yes, having a woman who is different than the typical Vogue cover girl is indeed a good thing. What is not a good thing is when the magazine decides to take that woman and tweak her appearance enough such that she’s ‘acceptable’ for the cover. It undermines the decision to feature that individual in the first place.”