Published On: Fri, Mar 4th, 2016

Lena Dunham apologises after false magazine Photoshop claim

Dunham said sorry after it emerged that the Spanish magazine she’d criticised for using excessive Photoshop on an image of her hadn’t actually used any – but there’s no hard feelings...

Yesterday Lena Dunham had called out a Spanish magazine for excessively Photoshopping a picture of her on its cover. Now, it turns out, she got it wrong.

Lena Dunham has been making headlines with this photo of a recent editorial shoot she did with Spanish magazine, Tentaciones. In a lengthy Instagram post, Lena calls out the publication for the heavy Photoshopping they performed on her body. She writes:


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“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.”


The same day she add this post:  

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“Hey Tentaciones- thank you for sending the uncropped image (note to the confused: not unretouched, uncropped!) and for being so good natured about my request for accuracy. I understand that a whole bunch of people approved this photo before it got to you- and why wouldn’t they? I look great.

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.

I wanna live in this wild world and play the game and get my work seen, and I also want to be honest about who I am and what I stand for. Maybe it’s turning 30. Maybe it’s seeing my candidate of choice get bashed as much for having a normal woman’s body as she is for her policies. Maybe it’s getting sick and realizing ALL that matters is that this body work, not that it be milky white and slim.

But I want something different now. Thanks for helping me figure that out and sorry to make you the problem, you cool Spanish magazine you. Time to get to the bottom of this in a bigger way. Time to walk the talk. With endless love, Lena PS I’d love the Tentaciones subscription I was offered!”

But The magazine In an open letter to Dunham, pointed out that the photo “was previously approved by the agency, the photographer, and your publicist.” Beyond cropping the image to fit its cover format, Tentaciones had not altered the photo since it ran in a 2013 Entertainment Weekly feature of Dunham, shot by Ruven Afanador.

Lena Dunham

If you compare the images, it’s doesn’t look like the magazine cover has been Photoshopped – only cropped. Lena, it is a great feeling to realise the photo you’ve called out for excessively manipulating your image hasn’t actually done any manipulation at all – you really do look that good.

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