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Lena Dunham apologizes for unjustly accusing magazine of photoshopping her

March 2, 2016

Girls creator and star Lena Dunham apologized for accusing Spanish magazine Tentaciones of photoshopping her after the publication revealed that it had not retouched a photo of her featured on its latest cover — and that Dunham’s team had even signed off on the image. “Of course, we are aware that any media outlet needs to be responsible for what it publishes, but this photo was previously approved by the agency, the photographer and your publicist … we used the original that they sent us without applying any kind of retouching,” the magazine stated in an open letter on its website, adding that it had only cropped the original image. Dunham took the response in stride, thanking Tentaciones for “being so good natured about my request for accuracy” in a new Instagram post, where she explained her initial reaction: “It’s a weird feeling to see a photo and not know if it’s your own body anymore,” she wrote. “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 [Hillary Clinton] 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 works, not that it be milky white and slim.” Later that same day, she further backed away from the controversy with an Instagram post endorsing safe and legal access to abortions, writing: “but seriously my photoshopped legs don’t matter, cuz it’s Super Tuesday and this is happening.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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