If you’re looking at that picture above and wondering why a magazine is trying to pass off an awkward preteen squirrel as Lena Dunham, you’re not alone. Lena Dunham herself did the same thing. Lena posted a picture on Instagram of the cover of the March issue of El País’ Tentaciones, a Spanish magazine I assumed was about sensual octopi but isn’t (I checked), and slapped at them for de-Lena’ing her body.
“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? Much love, Lena.”
Shortly after Lena called them out, Tentaciones hissed back, saying they never do any retouching and that’s what the picture looked like when they licensed it. That picture of Lena is from a three-year-old issue of Entertainment Weekly, and according to Tentaciones, the only editing they did was crop the bottom of her legs out. Lena crawled back to Instagram and posted a picture of the uncropped image with an apology.
Hey Tentaciones- thank you for sending the uncropped image (note to the confused: not unretouched, uncropped!) and for being so good natured about my request for accuracy. I understand that a whole bunch of people approved this photo before it got to you- and why wouldn't they? I look great. But it's a weird feeling to see a photo and not know if it's your own body anymore (and I'm pretty sure that will never be my thigh width but I honestly can't tell what's been slimmed and what hasn't.) I'm not blaming anyone (y'know, except society at large.) I have a long and complicated history with retouching. I wanna live in this wild world and play the game and get my work seen, and I also want to be honest about who I am and what I stand for. Maybe it's turning 30. Maybe it's seeing my candidate of choice get bashed as much for having a normal woman's body as she is for her policies. Maybe it's getting sick and realizing ALL that matters is that this body work, not that it be milky white and slim. But I want something different now. Thanks for helping me figure that out and sorry to make you the problem, you cool Spanish magazine you. Time to get to the bottom of this in a bigger way. Time to walk the talk. With endless love, Lena PS I'd love the Tentaciones subscription I was offered!
Somewhere on a tour bus, a confused Hillary Clinton is like “The fuck she drag me into this for?”
I can sort of understand where Lena is coming from. Except instead of “There’s no way I’m that skinny“, it’s “There’s no way I’m that fat.” Which is usually followed by “Yes, I see that it’s a picture of me dipping chicken nuggets into a red solo cup filled with cake frosting, but there’s no way that’s my body. Someone has clearly Photoshopped that picture.”