Lena Dunham Apologises To Magazine After Photoshop Accusations
But also makes an excellent point about the whole thing.
When it comes to magazine covers, Photoshop somehow seems to play a bigger part than the actual celebrity posing on the front.
And this week, Lena Dunham has had to deal with the difficult world of retouching as she accused a Spanish magazine of altering her photo – only to find out the shot had been ‘signed off’ by her own team.
All of this started earlier this week, when Lena very politely called out the publication Tentaciones (which is Spanish for Temptations) for doing ‘more than the average Photoshop’ on her.
Telling them, ‘this is NOT what my body has ever looked like or will ever look like’, the Girls star asked the mag to be honest with its readers about her real appearance.
But soon, in an open letter, Temptations responded to Lena’s complaint by insisting the shot they used was ‘the original sent to us without applying any retouching’.
Buzzfeed also confirmed via Lena’s PR that if any Photoshopping HAD gone down, it would have had to be cleared by them first.
After all that malarkey, Lena has now apologised to the magazine for hitting out at them, and explained that she just wants to be ‘honest about who she is’.
She took to Instagram to write: “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 realising 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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