Lena Dunham has had enough of being photoshopped to perfection, but her latest accusation may have fallen on the wrong target.
Dunham called out the Spanish magazine El Pais after they published a photo of her on their latest cover showing her with slimmer legs and arms than usual.
“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,” Dunham wrote. “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?”
In a Spanish-language statement on their website, El Pais denied altering the image and stated that they licensed it from Corbis as-is. The only change they say they made was to crop it to fit the format of their cover, and claimed the photo was previously approved by the photographer, Dunham’s publicist and the photo agency after being shot for Entertainment Weekly.
“Those who know us and follow our magazine know that we do not use Photoshop or other digital tools to change the appearance of people who are on our cover or inside the magazine,” they wrote (via CNN).
Dunham later posted an update on her Facebook page acknowledging the issue.
“Hey Tentaciones — thank you for sending the uncropped image 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 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. 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 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. Time to walk the talk.” [sic]
Sounds like that publicist mentioned above may be getting a stern talking-to today.
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