Lena Dunham just called out a magazine for Photoshopping her body beyond recognition
Lena Dunham has never shied away from championing body positivity, so yesterday, when she saw that Spanish magazine Tentaciones had photoshopped her body beyond recognition, she took to Instagram to speak her mind about the issue.
“I am genuinely honored to be on your cover and so happy you licensed a pic by @ruvenafanador, who always makes me feel gorgeous,” Dunham first acknowledged. “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.”
Tentaciones responded to the call out by sending Dunham an uncropped image of the photo they had used, and Dunham returned to Instagram to thank Tentaciones for having this conversation with her.
“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,” Dunham said in her caption. “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.”
Then Dunham got introspective and talked through why this particular Photoshop job upset her so much at this specific moment in time.
“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.”
Preach, lady! Thank you for championing and celebrating the beauty and value of being honest about who you are and what you stand for.