Lena Dunham appears alongside her Girls co-stars on the cover of Glamour magazine’s February issue — the final season of Girls is set to begin airing on HBO next month — and she’s thanking the magazine for allowing her cellulite to be displayed on newsstands across the country. According to USA Today, Glamour hired an all-female staff to produce the February edition of the magazine, which is also decidedly Photoshop-free throughout. Dunham took to Instagram in a pair of posts to share the cover and her feelings on body image and the empowering nature of the Photoshop-free cover. “Throughout my teens I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I was f***ing funny looking,” Dunham wrote in one post. “Potbelly, rabbit teeth, knock knees — I could never seem to get it right and it haunted my every move,” she continued. “Let’s get something straight: I didn’t hate what I looked like — I hated the culture that was telling me to hate it. When my career started, some people celebrated my look but always through the lens of ‘isn’t she brave? Isn’t it such a bold move to show THAT body on TV?”
She then went to deliver a body positive message to all women. “Thank you to the women in Hollywood (and on Instagram!) leading the way, inspiring and normalizing the female form in EVERY form, and thank you to @glamourmag for letting my cellulite do the damn thing on news stands [sic] everywhere.” In a separate post, Dunham shared a photo of the cover, which shows her wearing a pair of skimpy shorts and reveals no measures taken whatsoever to alter the appearance of her legs.
Last month, Dunham ignited controversy with a comment on abortion made during an episode of her Women of the Hour podcast. “Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had,” Dunham said amid a discussion of reproductive rights. The comment drew widespread criticism for bringing unnecessary controversy to the feminist movement. She swiftly apologized and disavowed the remark as “a distasteful joke … spoken from a sort of ‘delusional girl’ persona.” Can’t imagine any apologies will ensue following the remarks on the her Glamour cover.
This isn’t the first time Dunham has appeared in a photo shoot without having the final product improved by Photoshopping. She made headlines last summer when she appeared with Girls co-star Jemima Kirke in a racy ad for a lingerie company. And earlier in the year, Dunham found herself apologizing for criticizing a magazine for Photoshopping a cover photo of her — after realizing her publicists had provided the image to the magazine.
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