We all know and love Lena Dunham as the body positive champion on her show “Girls.”
Through her strong social media presence, Dunham has become an advocate for challenging Hollywood’s strict perceptions of beauty. Thus, when Dunham was recently featured on the cover of Tentaciones magazine, she was quick to take to Instagram to call attention to potential photoshopping of her picture.
On Instagram, Dunham thanked the Spanish magazine for highlighting her as their covergirl, but also took the time to ask Tentaciones whether or not her image had been slimmed down and altered. “…This is NOT what my body has ever looked like or will ever look like- the magazine has done more than the average photoshop,” wrote Dunham. “So if you’re into what I do, why not be honest with your readers?”
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. credit to @peguerillo_ for this ? of a ?
Tentaciones magazine was quick to respond to Dunham’s post and deny the use of photoshopping on the licensed picture. The magazine claims that the original photo of Dunham, taken by Ruven Afanador, was simply cropped down to fit the size of the cover. The magazine also stated that the licensed photo had been approved by Dunham’s agency, publicist, and photographer before the cover went to print.
Dunham has since issued an apology to Tentaciones, recognizing the magazine’s explanation of the situation, but she still stands by her initial reservations regarding the photo. On a follow-up Instagram post, Dunham stated, “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.”
While we still aren’t sure whether any alterations were actually made to the photo of Dunham, it is still very empowering to see such an influential woman call out a damaging industry practice that has persisted for years.