Lena Dunham is a super-hot punk rock goddess in Elle mag (PHOTOS)

Jan 6, 2015 at 4:58 p.m. ET
Image: Paola Kudacki For <em>Elle</em>

Lena Dunham is channeling her inner Debbie Harry for these sexy photos in the new issue of Elle.

The Girls star, who recently came under fire for her description of sexual exploration with her younger sister in her book Not That Kind of Girl, is rocking bleached-blond hair with dark roots for days, along with lots of leather and black eyeliner in the striking photos.

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Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham

Dunham told Elle that her outspokenness on issues like Woody Allen and feminism was actually a deal she made with herself in exchange for embracing the cult of celebrity.

"I realized early on that I was not going to be able to have a comfortable relationship with celebrity if I didn't feel like I was using it to talk about things that were important to me," she told the mag. "It was always going to make me feel gross, for lack of a better word. I was like, 'Oh, this attention is something I'm going to figure out how to use in a way that feels productive, healthy and smart. And not just like as an excuse to collect handbags.' Although," she paused, "I love handbags."

Read the complete interview with Lena Dunham in Elle's Women in TV issue, available Jan. 13.

Images: Paola Kudacki for Elle