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Lena Dunham brushes off Vogue cover controversy: 'What's the problem?'

Jan. 20, 2014 at 10:45 AM ET

When Jezebel offered $10,000 for the unretouched photos from "Girls" star/creator Lena Dunham's Vogue cover, the website kicked off a controversy ... but not perhaps the one they were expecting.

Dunham, who does not sport a waif-thin traditional Hollywood figure, is proud of her attributes — all of them. Those imperfections that have made her so admirable among fans underwent some alterations in Vogue, as Jezebel pointed out in its follow-up photo breaking down the pictures

But, as Dunham now says: So what?

"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," Dunham told Slate France (translation of select quotes here). "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."

She added, "A fashion magazine is like a beautiful fantasy. Vogue isn't the place that we go to look at realistic women, Vogue is the place that we go to look at beautiful clothes and fancy places and escapism and so I feel like if the story reflects me and I happen to be wearing a beautiful Prada dress and surrounded by beautiful men and dogs, what’s the problem? If they want to see what I really look like go watch the show that I make every single week."

And she's getting some backup from her fellow Hollywood writers. "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody tweeted, "This is total mean girl s--- masquerading as feminism. I'm disgusted."

Dunham herself hasn't been silent on Twitter, either, but one of her most popular responses has been to suggest repurposing all of that money:


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