Girls star Lena Dunham slams Photoshopped mag cover

Actress Lena Dunham. Photo / AP
Actress Lena Dunham. Photo / AP

Lena Dunham has accused a Spanish magazine of drastically Photoshopping her image.

The Girls creator is known for her curvy figure and has no qualms about showing it off in all its glory on her hit US television show. However, when magazine Tentaciones shared their latest cover featuring Lena, the actress had a few issues with the way she'd been made to look.

The cover shot sees Lena wearing a white sleeveless shift dress, showing off slender arms and toned thighs in the process.

Taking to Instagram, Lena insisted the outlet had done "more than the average photoshop" on her image and pleaded with them to be "honest" about their alterations.


"I am genuinely honoured to be on your cover and so happy you licensed a pic by @ruvenafanador, who always makes me feel gorgeous," she 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? Much love, Lena."

The post quickly attracted comments from fans praising Lena for her words, as well as over 37,000 'likes'.

Lena has previously spoken about where she gets her body confidence from, insisting it is down to her parents, Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons.

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. 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. 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 PS I'd love the Tentaciones subscription I was offered!

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"My parents both have really healthy attitudes about their own bodies but also about the range of things that can be beautiful," she told Marie Claire magazine. "But they also just always made me feel pretty and cool and smart, even in the moments when I have known - and still know - that my body wasn't fitting into a traditional Hollywood idea of the female body.

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"This could very easily be taken out of context, and I think it's funny now, but I remember looking in the mirror as a kid and it would be like for an hour at a time, and I'd be like, 'I'm just so beautiful. Everybody is so lucky that they get to look at me.' And of course that changes as you get older, but I may have held on to that little-kid feeling that was me alone in my bathroom."

- WENN

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