It sure is wonderful to see Lena Dunham getting such props for putting herself (and her body) out there for the world to see. And now, shockingly, she is gracing the cover of Vogue's February issue, which goes to show how popular Girls has truly become. Now that the cover has been released, let's talk about it, shall we?
Or at least I'll type some words and you can tell me if you agree (most likely not, because this is the Internet) below!
There's no doubt that Lena is a beautiful, beautiful girl, and her makeover for the cover shows off her flawless skin -- let's hope there isn't too much Photoshop involved -- and large, doe-like eyes. But for all the cutting-edge things she does and says, you can't help but feel like this shot of her is a little disappointing.
Let's get into the nitty gritty. The cover was shot by famous photographer Annie Leibovitz. She made up Dunham with lots of eyeliner, eye shadow, light pink blush, and soft red lips. The 27-year-old, who plays Hannah Horvath on Girls, sure looks rather sad and stressed out, despite the fact the cover boasts her as "the new queen of comedy."
Inside, there's a photo that looks a whole lot more like Dunham, where she is sitting on top of costar Adam Driver's shoulders while crossing the street in NYC. She's sporting a tan tutu with yellow-feathered shoes and a rather startled expression ... and that's much better than the cover, if you ask me!
As it's been mentioned numerous times before, Lena does not fit into the super-skinny, crazy gorgeous, flawless, typical mold that we're used to seeing on the cover of Vogue. So it's wonderful they're taking this, I suppose some would say drastic, step. But of course, you would have hoped they could have shown off her body or at least made her not look like a deer caught in headlights -- like WTF am I doing on this cover?
It seems to take away from some of the great insight she had in regards to society and sexuality nowadays. For example, when talking about her scenes with hunk Patrick Wilson:
Critics said, "That guy wouldn't date that girl!" ... It's like, "Have you been out on the street lately?" Everyone dates everyone, for lots of reasons we can't understand. Sexuality isn't a perfect puzzle, like, "He has a nice nose and she has a nice nose! She's got great breasts and he's got great calves! And so they're going to live happily ever after in a house that was purchased with their modeling money!" It's a complicated thing. I want people ultimately, even if they're disturbed by certain moments, to feel bolstered and normalized by the sex that's on the show.
And about how the show Girls portrays sex:
There was a sense that I and many women I knew had been led astray by Hollywood and television depictions of sexuality. Seeing somebody who looks like you having sex on television is a less comfortable experience than seeing somebody who looks like nobody you've ever met.
She knows what kind of audience she's speaking to and she's such a fantastic role model with a confidence and self-esteem that many women envy. No doubt it's tiring to see only gorgeous, skinny actors getting it on on-screen ... so what about the rest of us? Thanks, Vogue, for recognizing this, though I had hoped Lena's cover would show off her true, snarky personality and amazing curves a little bit more. A step at a time, I suppose.
What do you think of Lena Dunham's Vogue cover?
Images via Vogue