It's 2016, and we are still experiencing Photoshop fails. Another editing controversy is now circulating on the Internet. Lena Dunham accused Spanish magazine Tentaciones of Photoshopping a picture of her on the cover, and the actress was quick to speak out against retouching.
The Girls creator took to Instagram on Monday to call out the publication for the apparent editing, posting a photo of the cover and letting out her frustration in the caption. "Oh hello El Pais! I am genuinely honored to be on your cover and so happy you licensed a pic by@ruvenafanador, who always makes me feel gorgeous. BUT this is NOT what my body has ever looked like or will ever look like — the magazine has done more than the average photoshop. So if you're into what I do, why not be honest with your readers? Much love, Lena." This might be the classiest call out I have ever witnessed. You go girl. There is no need for nasty words to get your point across.
At first glance, I didn't quite pick up how dramatic the retouching was, but after taking a closer look, the actress' body does appear a bit different than what she looks like in real life.
Take a look for yourself.
Bustle has reached to Dunham, Tentaciones, and Corbis Agency for comment. The magazine did, however, issue an open letter to Dunham to address the issue.
As you know, we have devoted the March cover of Tentaciones to you. With it we wanted to celebrate the success of your series Girls and reflect on your impact as an artist and activist in various social and political causes. However, today we have learned of your dissatisfaction.
Of course, we are aware that any medium has to take responsibility for what it publishes, but this photo was previously approved by the agency, the photographer and your publicist. For our cover, we used a picture from a session you did in 2013 with photographer Ruven Afanador, published at the time by Entertainment Weekly. Tentaciones acquired that picture through the Corbis agency and used the original that was sent to us without applying any retouching. Those who know and follow our magazine know that we do not use Photoshop or other digital tools to change the physique of the people featured on our cover or inside stories. This time we just cropped the original image to fit the format of our cover.
Here you can see the original photo shared in his day by the photographer Ruven Afanador on his Facebook page and then the cover of Tentaciones. As you can see, the image is exactly the same.
We are pleased that you hold your rebellious spirit. Leave your address and we will send you our magazine every month for free so you can verify that we like to reflect things as they are.
It sounds like the publication is denying applying any Photoshop or retouching to the image of the star. Dunham responded by posting the un-cropped addition of the photo to Instagram and adding her two cents. Her follow-up response still doesn't make it clear who edited the image, but rather it focuses on her own feelings on the topic of retouching images in general. "I understand that a whole bunch of people approved this photo before it got to you — and why wouldn't they? I look great," she wrote, "But it's a weird feeling to see a photo and not know if it's your own body anymore (and I'm pretty sure that will never be my thigh width but I honestly can't tell what's been slimmed and what hasn't.) I'm not blaming anyone (y'know, except society at large.) I have a long and complicated history with retouching."
Regardless of who did the Photoshopping, Dunham took the opportunity to present her views on the importance of a positive body image, which is something she kicks ass at doing.
Publications editing women's bodies to portray unrealistic ideals is still a problem, even if Tentaciones didn't actually alter the image themselves. Clearly, Dunham didn't approve of her image being edited so dramatically, so regardless of who did the retouching, it's still not OK. Given how vocal she has always been about body positivity and loving yourself the way you are, it makes sense that she would speak out against unauthorized Photoshopping in such a fantastic way.
Let's take a look at seven other times Dunham shed light on body positivity like a boss.
1. When She Got Real With Paper Magazine
While discussing the topic of body image, Dunham stated "despite a knowledge that my body didn't necessarily meet a perfect norm, I've also always felt [comfortable]," adding, "I think that it was important to me also to announce that 'this is what I look like. I don't have an interest in changing unless it's on my own terms' — I won't say I'll never lose weight in my life, but it'd have to be for reasons that made sense to me and weren't to try to meet some industry standard." Preach.
2. When She Supported The New Barbie
3. When She Posted Her Real Workout Struggle
Because we can all relate.
4. When She Found A Passion For Running
Dunham posted this paparazzi shot of her running on Instagram and explained how running has made her feel confident and proud.
5. When She Slammed Friends For "Fat Monica"
6. When She Shut Down The Haters For Nudity On Girls
7. When She Opened Up In Not That Kind Of Girl
The actress shares a ton of body positive messages in her book, including this one: "I really feel good with my size now, I know when I say that people are like, 'mm hmm,' but I just do! It used to be when I went into a room with all thin women I felt like, what's wrong with me? Now I just feel special."
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