Lena Dunham, appearing on the cover of Glamour’s February issue with her Girls co-star’s, has praised the publication for not Photoshopping her body.
Dunham has never been shy of giving her opinion, with her feminist website Lenny Letter often producing opinion pieces on abortion, race and body image.
The February edition was 100% produced by women and celebrates body image and happiness. Appearing on the cover with her co-stars Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke, the Girls actress took to Instagram to discuss how important the cover is to both herself and other women.
“Throughout my teens I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I was f***ing funny looking. Potbelly, rabbit teeth, knock knees — I could never seem to get it right and it haunted my every move,”
“I posed as the sassy confident one, secretly horrified and hurt by careless comments and hostility. 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 adds. “Then there were the legions of trolls who made high school teasing look like a damned joke with the violent threats they heaped on, the sickening insults that made me ache for teen girls like me who might be reading my comments.”
Dunham went on to praise Glamour:
“Well, today this body is on the cover of a magazine that millions of women will read, without Photoshop, my thigh on full imperfect display,”
“Whether you agree with my politics, like my show or connect to what I do, it doesn’t matter — my body isn’t fair game. No one’s is, no matter their size, color, gender identity, and there’s a place for us all in popular culture to be recognized as beautiful.”
She concluded her mini-essay by saying:
“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 newsstands everywhere today. Love you all.”
Glamour‘s February issue with Lena Dunham on the cover hits newsstands Jan. 10.