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Lena Dunham is seen in a detail from one of her photos for the Lonely Girl Project. (Lonely/Zara Mirkin and Harry Were)

‘What I stand for’

Lena Dunham rejects retouching in photo shoot for lingerie company

By WITW Staff on August 25, 2016

Lena Dunham had to do an about-face in March, after very publicly accusing Spanish magazine Tentaciones of photoshopping her image. Taking to Instagram, the writer and actress had stated: “This is NOT what my body has ever looked like or will ever look like. The magazine has done more than the average photoshop.”

It turned out, however, that she was wrong — as Tentaciones pointed out in an open letter, accompanied by the original photographs — prompting Dunham to pen an essay for her Lenny newsletter, in which she announced she would never allow any image of her body to be retouched. “It’s a weird feeling to see a photo and not know if it’s your own body anymore,” she added. “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.”

‘Girls’ actresses and friends, Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke, photographed for the Lonely Girl Project. (Lonely/Zara Mirkin and Harry Were)

True to her word, Dunham — alongside fellow Girls actress and BFF Jemima Kirke — has appeared in an unretouched shoot for body-positive lingerie brand Lonely, which prohibits the use of Photoshop. The New Zealand-based brand describes the online Lonely Girls “journal,” in which the images appear, as featuring “candid portraits of inspiring women in their own spaces.” Dunham and Kirke are pictured together in a New York bathroom, photographed by Zara Mirkin and Harry Were, as well as in a bedroom, where Kirke is seen applying Dunham’s lipstick.

“Instead of being objectified, the women who participate in these campaigns – in this case, Lena and Jemima – are empowered and exhibit real beauty that will hopefully help women everywhere feel a little more liberated,” the brand said on Wednesday.

Read the full story at Dazed.


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