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Lena Dunham Apologizes to Spanish Magazine for Photoshop Accusation

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"This is not what my body has ever looked like," the 'Girls' creator wrote on Instagram.

A Photoshop scandal involving Girls creator Lena Dunham is brewing. On Monday, she used her Instagram account to complain about the way she looks on the cover of magazine El Pais Tentaciones.

 

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Wearing a white A-line dress and sporting kohl-rimmed eyes, Dunham is posed with her arms outstretched. The publication licensed (via Corbis) the photo in question by photographer Ruven Afanador, who Dunham says, "always makes me feel gorgeous." Dunham adds, "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."

She goes on to appeal to the magazine: "If you’re into what I do, why not be honest with your readers?" Despite her polite request, it seems the publication will not be copping to anything. In a Spanish-language statement Tuesday morning, the paper denied any Photoshop wrongdoing outright. In fact, it claimed the photo had been previously approved by both Afanador and Dunham’s publicist before the paper licensed it and simply cropped it to fit the cover.

 

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At this point the issue is a she-said, they-said dispute.

Instagram commenters have said Dunham needs to take a closer look.

The next party who should likely weigh in? Afanador, who could perhaps clear up how much he did or didn’t alter or edit the shot before sharing it with the world.

UPDATE: It appears Dunham may have changed her tune following Tentaciones' statement. The Girls star issued an apology on Instagram Tuesday afternoon, admitting that she has been 'shopped so many times that she doesn't know what her body looks like anymore. Another factor that may have tripped her up is the fact that the photo was taken three years ago.

She writes, "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.)" 

Read her apology in full below: 

 

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!

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2:40 p.m. Tuesday,  March 1: Updated with Lena Dunham's apology.

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