Is Lena Dunham a hypocrite for defending her Vogue cover airbrushing?

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Lena Dunham has responded to the Vogue airbrushing scandal in more than 140 characters.

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© Vogue/Annie Leibovitz



If you've not been following, here's the Lena Dunham/Vogue/Jezebel airbrushing debacle, summarised into just two sentences for you.

1. Lena Dunham posed for US Vogue's February cover shoot, people accused the mag of airbrushing the life out of her, then website Jezebel.com requested the unretouched images (for the bargain price of $10,000) from photographer Annie Leibovitz and Vogue boss Anna Wintour.

2. The unretouched pics reveal Lena was photoshopped a bit, though not extensively, and there's debate over whether the pigeon really did sit on her head, though the killer question is this - have Lena's 'this is who I am, deal with it' principles been compromised?

Jezebel says yes. Vogue of course says no, and has taken to Instagram to prove the pigeon point. Slate.com however, who Lena spoke with to hit back at the controversy, also seems to think yes.

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© Instagram / Vogue

Vogue's defence: "The Vogue pigeon. Any questions?"



So here's what Lena has said on the issue. After her two initial tweets that is, which were very blunt and very funny.




Lena Dunham responds to Vogue airbrushing



"I understand that for people there is a contradiction between what I do and being on the cover of Vogue; but frankly I really don't know what the photoshopping situation is, I can't look at myself really objectively in that way.

"I know that I felt really like Vogue supported me and wanted to put a depiction of me on the cover.

"I never felt bullied into anything; I felt really happy because they dressed me and styled me in a way that really reflects who I am. And I felt that was very lucky and that all the editors understood my persona, my creativity and who I am.

"I haven't been keeping track of all the reactions, but I know some people have been very angry about the cover and that confuses me a little.

"I don't understand why, photoshop or no, having a woman who is different than the typical Vogue cover girl, could be a bad thing.

"A fashion magazine is like a beautiful fantasy. Vogue isn't the place that we go to look at realistic women, Vogue is the place that we go to look at beautiful clothes and fancy places and escapism.

"And so I feel like if the story reflects me and I happen to be wearing a beautiful Prada dress and surrounded by beautiful men and dogs, what's the problem?

"If they want to see what I really look like go watch the show that I make every single week."

So what do you think? Does Lena have a point? Or should she have put her foot down, and said no to the airbrushing?

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