There's been quite a lot of hullabalooo around Lena Dunham's recent Vogue photoshoot — but Dunham's Vogue shoot wasn't just there for our own vast discussions, despite what it might have seemed like. As is proven by this accompanying short, it was also there so we'd get to see Dunham and Vogue's Hamish Bowles dance jigs while impersonating supermodels of yore.
I have to admit: I completely love with this video. Dunham in her perfect pajamas, wistfully angsting over which pose to use to best make her mark on Vogue? And then an entrance by longtime Vogue editor-at-large Hamish Bowles? And then a whimsical dance sequence? It's straight up Funny Face, and I am all over it.
I gotta say, this might be the most charming I've ever seen Dunham, and I say that as a longtime fan of her schtick (we went to the same college, so even though we've never met we're totes BFFs). It all fits rather perfectly into what Dunham said in her defense of the Vogue shoot once all that aforementioned hullaballoo started boiling over (emphasis ours):
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.
And this short, for its part, is perfectly Dunham — the pronunciation of Pakistan, anybody? — but also, magically, perfectly Vogue. And it just works.