How much did Vogue Photoshop Lena Dunham?


Lena Dunham, an advocate for positive body image, seems to have been Photoshopped for her very first Vogue profile.

The 27-year-old, who is hailed The New Queen of Comedy in the February issue, poses alongside her Girls co-star Adam Driver in a series of glamorous shots for the magazine.

But one image in particular, where Miss Dunham is dressed in a Prada embellished strapless dress, her left arm notably absent, raises questions about the extent of airbrushing used in the shoot, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.


The fact that the actress' cover image is just a head-shot, rather than a full-body image, has also drawn attention to the U.S. glossy's attitude towards larger body shapes.

New York City blog Gothamist asked earlier today: 'How Much Did Vogue Photoshop Lena Dunham?' and Jezebel, which believes that Vogue's images 'got more than the basic adjustments for lighting and shadows and errant flyaway hairs' is even offering $10,000 for the unretouched originals.

One of the star's tattoos, which in real life wraps completely around her right upper arm, also appears to have been altered for Vogue.

But in any case, it seems the star is very proud of the results, as she tweeted a link yesterday with the words: 'Dear @voguemagazine: Thank you. Love, Lena.'

Vogue's decision to use just a head-shot of Miss Dunham on the cover, however, threatens to escalate into a similar controversy that surrounded Mindy Kaling's new Elle cover.

While her fellow comedienne insisted that she loved the cover, critics attacked Elle because Miss Kaling is only celebrated with a head shot, while Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel and Allison Williams are shown in color and nearly full-length.

Fashionista observed that 'at a a self-proclaimed size 8, [Ms Kaling] is hardly "plus size" — [but] gets a close-cropped image.'

Many fans also took to Twitter to voice their opinions. Danielle Odiamar tweeted: '*sigh* @mindykaling's gorgeous skin and curves deserve better.'

And Sarah Lasky Elison wrote: 'I love ELLE magazine and Mindy Kaling but am sad to see her cover is in B&W. She's a beautiful woman of color- why dull that? [sic]'

In a statement announcing the covers, Elle Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers said: ‘There’s no denying that funny ladies are having a major moment, so devoting our Women in TV issue to the women making comedy was a must.’

In Vogue's recent history, Adele is the only other 'larger' celebrity to have featured on its cover. The title was praised for cropping the singer's body just below the bustline after the UK edition was slammed for dodging the opportunity to feature a larger body by only showing her face.