Lena Dunham wasn’t happy with her latest spread in a Spanish magazine. The star and creator of the hit HBO series, Girls, took to social media to complain about her new body sculpted by Photoshop for the shoot.
Dunham posted a photo of the cover, for El Pais, where she’s posed with her arm behind her head and her other arm straight out. It’s obvious to see that for the shoot, Dunham was given a slim frame, and her curves were cut away.
As stated, Dunham took to Instagram to express her anger over how her body was photoshopped, as it isn’t a realistic depiction of her curvy frame.
That said, Tentaciones acted fast and decided to post an open letter to Lena Dunham about the matter. According to E! the letter, which was translated from Spanish, said that Dunham’s publicist, agency and photographer all signed off on the photo that would appear on the cover. They also explain where they obtained the photo from.
“For our cover, we used a picture from a session you did in 2013 with photographer Ruven Afanador, published at the time by Entertainment Weekly. Tentaciones acquired that picture through the Corbis agency and used the original that was sent to us without applying any retouching. 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.”
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) March 1, 2016
After the magazine released their letter to the Girls star, Corbis photo agency decided to release their own statement about the photo.
“I can confirm the magazine have used the photo as supplied by Corbis. In line with standard practice, all retouching would have been cleared through Lena’s PR before being made available for syndication.”
Dunham then took to Facebook to respond to the open letter. Posting an original copy of the photograph that they provided her team, Dunham said the following.
“It’s a weird feeling to see a photo and not know if it’s your own body anymore (and no, I’m pretty sure that will never be my thigh gap.) I have a long and complicated history with retouching. I wanna live in this wild world and get my work seen, and I also want to be honest about who I am and what I stand for. “
She continued as follows.
“Maybe it’s getting sick and realizing ALL that matters is this 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.”
As Dunham said, this isn’t the first time Lena has taken issue with Photoshopping or lack thereof. On the other side of the coin, Dunham went after Jezebel for publishing undoctored photos from her shoot with Vogue magazine. At the time, the Girls star told Grantland, “They made such a monumental error in their approach to feminism … It felt gross.”
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