The Lena Dunham photoshop scandal everyone’s talking about.

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Vogue‘s latest cover girl is Girls actor/creator/writer/essentially one-woman-show-er (although we do love us a bit of Shoshanna), Lena Dunham.

This is what she looked like on the cover:

Lena Dunham for Vogue

And this is how she looked inside:

lena dunham vogue

lena dunham vogue

These are nice pictures. But they are also photoshopped pictures. Because that’s how Vogue rolls.

Lena Dunham is a celebrity who has always taken pride in being ‘real’. Her show depicts ‘real’ sex scenes, follows the mundane plot lines that typify the lives of ‘real’ twenty-somethings, and Lena acts as an advocate for ‘real’ bodies being shown on screen. It is within this context that US feminist website Jezebel offered a $10,000 reward for anyone who could provide them with the ‘real’ – i.e. unretouched – pictures from Dunham’s photoshoot.

When their bounty was first announced, Lena responded by saying that all people who wanted to see her unretouched needed to do was watch her show:

But, that $10k must have found a home because, this morning, Jezebel published the images.

Here are some of their comparison GIFs:

Lena Dunham Vogue unretouched

Lena Dunham Vogue unretouched

lena dunham vogue unretouched

You can see the rest by clicking here.

Both Lena and Vogue have responded.

Lena questioned Jezebel‘s motivations, Tweeting:

Whereas Vogue seemed to be quite upset that all of the effort they went to putting a live bird on Lena’s head had been dismissed as computer trickery. They posted on Instagram:

… And that’s where we’re at now.

Over to you: do you think that Jezebel should have sought out Lena Dunham’s unaltered Vogue photoshoot?

What do you think?


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