Lena Dunham for Vogue Magazine

Posted on January 15, 2014

Here’s Lena’s semi-mythical Vogue spread, kittens. Let’s all form opinions.

 

 

“Girls” Lena Dunham covers the February 2014 issue of Vogue magazine photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

 

On “Girls”: “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. 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.”

 

On being private: “No one would describe me as a private person, but I actually really am. It’s important for me to have a lot of time alone, and to have a lot of time in my house by myself. My entire life sort of takes place between me and my dog, my books, and my boyfriend, and my private world. To me, privacy isn’t necessarily equated with secret-keeping. What’s private is my relationship with myself.”

 

 

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2014 Collection

Céline Spring 2014 Collection

Prada Spring 2014 Collection

 

 

Well, the cover’s the usual “She’s not a size 2! ZOOM IN! ZOOM IN!” you get from fashion mags. And not one of the inside pictures are displaying a body that looks like the body we regularly see on her show. But it really is a great spread, we have to say. It pays tribute both to her quirkiness as well as to a side of the city Vogue doesn’t normally show; a more street-level view of New York. They did a semi-decent job of doing a better version of her actual style. In other words, these clothes looks like clothes she’d pick out to wear, but they’d never be styled this well on her in the real world.

 

 

[Photo Credit: for Vogue Magazine, IMAXtree]

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  • Diego!

    I love these pics, though the abuse of Photoshop is already too offensive. I love how the coat looks on her on the train station picture. I didn’t like the cover though.

    • NinjaCate

      Annie’s work has been borderline ridiculous with the PS abuse in recent years. It’s terrible. That said, I don’t hate the cover, but isn’t it just like the one she did for Rolling Stone?

      • Diego!

        I don’t know but I had a hard time trying to recognize her under so many PS filters and effects.

        • Sally Stockwell Oshima

          Her face is not that angular! No! Not at all. Stop with the slide rule photo shop.

    • allcapsERINN

      THEY AMPUTATED HER ARM in that second-to-last picture! And it looks like they erased a few inches of her waist.

      • @Biting Panda

        You’re right. That shit is just gone!!

      • BrookeNR

        Arm’s behind her body. You can see a smidge of it between the green sequins and the dog. Her body is rotated toward the camera.

        • alyce1213

          In that case it’s simply a bad photograph, not bad Photoshop.

        • MarTeaNi

          They chopped up her shoulder. It’s still not a great job, from that angle her shoulder shouldn’t look like that unless she was laying directly on top of her own arm.

          • BrookeNR

            I think you’ll find the reason it looks so choppy is because of the flower pattern that is nearly the same color as her skin tone. I’m a photographer and do lots of PS, and to me it just looks like a weird angle. You would be surprised at what a strange angle can do to a body.

          • MarTeaNi

            I’d need a higher res image, but the choppiness isn’t just the shoulder corners and popped up bones. We should still be seeing more flesh in that area, both on the shoulder and as the arm moves alongside her body. Her hand can’t be where it is if she’s sitting or propped on her arm.

      • Diego!

        Hahahahaha I just saw that too! Thanks for pointing it out!

      • Little_Olive

        Absolutely. Plus her body is position as if she had just been murdered or something.

        • marlie

          That “broken doll” thing really annoys me. Elle Fanning had a couple of shots like that over in the Miu Miu campaign.

    • Sobaika

      Agreed on the cover – looks like a Midol ad.

      The editorial is rather good, though way way too PhotoChopped.

      • SassieCassy

        cant unsee. i give myself that face 3 days out the month how come I dont have a vogue cover?? i am here anna w!

      • Diego!

        Too much indeed.

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

    We have a word for “private person” that meets her definition. It’s “introvert”.

    Anyhoo, my favourite pic is the one in the Liz Taylor-esque black off the shoulder dress.

    • xmixiex

      huh, is my page not loading correctly? I don’t see that.

      • Tatiana Luján

        Me neither.

      • Tatiana Luján

        Me neither.

      • Jessica Freeman

        …me either…

      • marlie

        The one with her in the black dress was featured elsewhere, along with a couple of other photos. I’ll post a link…

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        It’s on the Jezebel piece about this shoot.

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          Hey, Hey, Hey! Are you and Marlie meeting behind our bitter kitten backs. I, for one, am jealous. ;-)

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            @BitingPanda:disqus is too. It’s a menage a trois.

          • Ginny Ellsworth

            GASP! Cool Kittens Club. …..wanders off mournfully…..

          • marlie

            If you’re on Twitter, join us in the twitterverse!

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            I want to, too!

          • marlie

            The more the merrier. :)

    • judybrowni

      Seriously, check out Jezebel’s article about Lena’s Vogue cover.

      Lena is slamming that body skimming black dress, but they also put her in a feathered monstrosity with a fuckin pidgeon on her head!

    • Aurumgirl

      I love that one too. It’s a great dress on her. Or, maybe it’s a great dress on that altered version of her in the photo. But honestly, who expected to ever see an unretouched, unphotoshopped collection of photos for vogue on anyone?

    • Adrianna Grężak

      Totally had the same thought! There’s nothing wrong with being an introvert, I wish people would embrace the term

      • Constant Reader

        And I also wish people didn’t think “introvert” means the same thing as ” misanthropic hermit.” There are plenty of introverts who are friendly and even fun, they just need alone time to recharge.

        • Jessica Freeman

          Or socially inept. My job requires a lot of interaction, and I’m a solid introvert and no one really believes me because I’m personable. Um, introvert does not equal socially unable to participate.

  • Super_Red

    I’m going to try and be objective, though it’s hard since I can’t stand her. That said- the cover Is really lovely- it’s the best face I’ve ever seen her give. I’m not a fan of the spread. That coat is definitely wearing her. The third picture is a pretty great shot, even if that dress is offensive to my eyes.

    also, oh celebrities. “To me, privacy isn’t necessarily equated with secret-keeping. What’s private is my relationship with myself” hahahahahaha

    • tallgirl1204

      She needs to hire the makeup and hair stylists. I think that would go a long way to solving her red carpet issues.

      • kimmeister

        It’s amazing what a little hair styling can do for her!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Had she had her hair styled like that for her Golden Globes appearance, it would have helped her look.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Yeah, seriously. She needs to keep those bitches forever.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      Isn’t her entire career about her relationship with herself?

  • PeaceBang

    I’m getting Liza Minnelli in “The Sterile Cuckoo.”

  • dulcian

    Love the updated-Twiggy makeup and hair on the cover, but the “fashion is choking me” pose seems a little too…on the nose, no?

  • alyce1213

    Her faux-model posing — open mouth, wide eyes — drives me nuts. Doesn’t she have anyone to tell her not to do that?

    I wish they’d stop trying to make her into a fashion thing because she’s so bad at it, so incredibly awkward and uncomfortable. The opposite of a natural.

    Here’s what she said about fashion: “I’ve always loved Comme des Garçons; I’ve always loved Yohji Yamamoto.I’m into Charlotte Olympia flats. I really love a Prada bag because they always have one weird detail that you didn’t think about . . . ” So, I think she cares, but she doesn’t have a clue and she’s getting bad advice.

    • Tatiana Luján

      SHE IS NOT THE QUEEN OF COMEDY. Indeed she is not.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Yelling with you re: NOT THE NEW QUEEN OF COMEDY. No one told Tina and Amy their reign was over. I wasn’t aware Girls was a comedy…

      • alyce1213

        So many talented women in line ahead of her: as you said, Tina, Amy, Kathy G, Chelsea H, Melissa M, even Samantha Bee, etc. etc.

        • Mary229

          I’m not a fan of “Girls” and I’m no huge fan of Lena but I’m not sure she has to be the “most talented” per se for her words to still ring true here. I totally get what she’s saying about the way we look at sexuality between two people. We all do it. I know I do. We see people and based entirely on their looks assume that they belong with certain other people. We ::do:: put sex and beauty on a checklist and decide who belongs with who. So while I’m no huge fan of her, I feel what she’s saying here.
          In terms of the fashion…I think this is a nice shoot. I think it’s possible to not be a “fashion girl” in the way that most of the people here define fashion and yet, still have an appreciation for clothes in your own way. I think she looks like she’s having fun here and I think her face looks really pretty on that cover.

          • demidaemon

            I actually think she had some really smart comments in there. Does it still feel a little forced? Of course. But that doesn’t negate the truth in some of her statements.

      • songstarliner

        I totally agree that she is NOT the new queen of comedy, but I think Girls is really funny, and not ironically either ::ducks::

        • Jessica Freeman

          I don’t watch it, so I really wasn’t aware that it was classified as a comedy. I watched the first few episodes and wasn’t in to it.

    • semirose

      Ugh I had to scroll back up to because “new queen of comedy” is such a lie but nope, there it is. NO NO NO Vogue!

      But yeah, it’s like she’s sees all the fashion and likes it but has no idea how to put it together and then either won’t listen or is getting bad advice.

      I really hope whoever did her hair and makeup here gave her some pointers though. Miles better than what we normally see.

      • RL McGruder

        “But yeah, it’s like she’s sees all the fashion and likes it but has no idea how to put it together and then either won’t listen or is getting bad advice.”

        THIS. Exactly this.

    • Sobaika

      It’s like watching someone try to make fetch happen in real time.

      Adding to the chorus of her not being Queen of Comedy. She does have the peculiar talent of inciting rather strong feelings from just about everyone (ranging from ‘go away!!’ to ‘wow you’ve changed television and representation and my self image and feminism and just wow’) and if you ask me, that’s where a great deal of success and buzz comes from.

      • Little_Olive

        Yes.
        BUT.
        Does it have to be about sex? I mean, I know, hello, we’re talking about sexism -but still, it bothers me how much she seems to define her portrayal of relationships to sex.
        And judgmental, too: It may seem a bit hipster for me to say, but sometimes there is nothing wrong with people with nice noses getting together. I do like though the fact that the people on Girls look (“normal”) and get on with their lives.

        • Mary229

          To be fair, you could argue that women are defined almost entirely by male gaze sex and so it makes sense for that to be a focal point if you are trying to change the conversation. I’m not saying I always agree with her but….I get the instinct. I still think this is a pretty cute shoot.

          • Sartorial_She

            I refuse to allow myself to be defined by male gaze sex.

          • StellaZafella

            Darling, I spent my youth being defined by male gay sex…..oh….GAZE, GAZE,

            well yeah, that too….and I’m a guy!

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        “It’s like watching someone try to make fetch happen in real time.”

        DYING! I love you!

    • colleenjanel

      Equally shouty: A-FREAKING-MEN!!!!!!

      If she’s the new queen of comedy, I weep for comedy.

    • leahpapa

      “So, I think she cares, but she doesn’t have a clue and she’s getting bad advice.” I think she cares a GREAT deal. In the Vogue link above, there’s a Vogue archive feature of her and Jemima Kirke being written up as precocious fashion-conscious adolescents in 1998; Lena talks about her appreciation for Helmut Lang and her thoughts about Calvin Klein (that he’s an overexposed “clothesmonger”). I think, far from disinterest or disdain for fashion, she suffers from a disorder that I myself suffered from until just recently, which is Not Understanding That The Clothes You Love Might Not Be The Clothes That Suit You Best-osis. Case in point: I’m a sucker for a mod A-line sheath, but my ample bosom just makes them look like matronly tents. No matter; I went on wearing them and cringing when I saw photos of myself for years. Or take my urban-bohemian Eileen Fisher phase, where I wore lots of flowy knits and shapeless tunics, adding a good ten years to my age. I’ve finally – FINALLY – learned silhouettes and styles that I like and that suit me, while at the same time learning how to adore something on the hanger, in a fashion spread, or on someone else while knowing that it’s just not the right look for me. Now, Miss Lena is perfectly within her rights if she wants to opt for clothing that she really loves (almost as art objects) without giving a fig whether they really sing on her, but the way she poses – AND THE FACT THAT SHE POSED IN FREAKIN’ VOGUE – hint that she cares about her appearance more than her frequent self-debasement would suggest. In my case, I finally decided I wanted to like the way I looked, not just what I was wearing, and that’s why I forsook designs that didn’t complement me.

      • StellaZafella

        I vote you up for your extraordinary self awareness. But in, my experience, shady as it may seem, any decent drag queen could have taught you that lesson in one go…it makes me wonder if, caring or not, Lena D has anyone telling her “no, gurl” that she’s willing to listen to.

        • leahpapa

          I should have known that, like so many protracted lessons I’ve learned in my life, this one could have been expedited by a drag queen.

          • Constant Reader

            You and me both, Leahpapa, you and me both.

      • kimmeister

        I suffered from that disorder until just a few years ago myself. I do occasionally have setbacks whenever the fashion world pushes a new “it” thing and my adventurous side wants to try it out. Try as I might though, I am never going to be able to wear skinny jeans and expect my thunder thighs to cooperate.

      • demidaemon

        Got it in one. Now. if only you could get ninety percent of celebs to listen to you…

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      Nope. She isn’t even the Jester of Jokes. But it looks like Anna W. is trying to make her the new Sienna Miller. That didn’t work so well either come to think if it.

    • Little_Olive

      Right? Tina Fey. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Poheler…
      Counter-culture-that-becomes-culture yes, comedy no.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      I can’t imagine any one believes there is a single reigning queen of comedy and, if so, that Lena is it. God only knows what the motive was for putting Lena on the cover – it seems wildly off-brand for a number of reasons – I’m willing to bet that the “Queen of Comedy” line is meant to (1) sell magazines and (2) cover their ass.

      • demidaemon

        Of course. But, at the same time, it debases all those comediennes who had to work there asses off to get where they are, which, for many of them, isn’t as successful as an HBO show. Take a look Lena: Gets an HBO “comedy” primetime show. Suddenly, she’s everywhere. Amy and Tina spent years on Saturday Night Live–an ensemble show–before they even got mainstream shows on network TV, which they still had to work their asses off on to keep on television. Kathy G. still gets most of her recognition from doing shows and has been basically relegated to Bravo, which, lets face it, doesn’t have the same clout as HBO. Even Joan Rivers–whether you love her or hate her, has is probably a comedy icon–is still working her ass of at 80 to get some recognition on the E! network. This title is really unfair to women who have put in so much hard work compared to Lena D,, and, at least from the comments here, has some skepticism about whether what she puts out there is comedy or not.

  • gabbilevy

    She looks…. concerned on the cover. But I love her in that Celine coat. The bed photo is fun, too.

    • 3boysful

      I love the guy looking intense, and the poor pup looking perplexed!

  • marlie

    There’s another picture of her with a black dress sitting on the side of a tub, and she looks pretty great there. The pictures of her in the Celine coat and Prada dress also really work for her, though a couple of the other shots (not pictured here) are terrible. Overall, Vogue did a good job on her. Now, she just needs to hire whoever did the styling for this.

  • Sam Smith

    I actually like the cover photos, she looks really pretty and the shirt is lovely. The second photo I find the jacket to be overwhelming. It looks like she is just a head and that they really were trying to hide her non ) size body. I’m a fan of the third shot, although the dress is hideous.

  • Sarah

    She should work collared items more often. They look good on her. And DAMN if her hair doesn’t look a MILLION times better than it did on the RC for the Globes. I knew she had no excuse for that bobby-pin schmatta.

    • decormaven

      Amazing what a comb will do….

    • filmcricket

      It does look amazing and I love the eye-make-up too. But these were clearly taken while she still had that cute pixie, or was just starting to grow it out. She should have kept it for longer, it suited her perfectly.

  • MilaXX

    Love that coat on her and really like the makeup on the cover. I think I’d like the polka dot shirt/striped skirt combo on her, but there’s no way to tell since you know the whole “She’s not a size 2! ZOOM IN! ZOOM IN!”

    • mjude

      we NEED the coat.

  • Sylvia

    I was going to be objective, because I really don’t like Lena Dunham, but screw it.

    I don’t like this for a number of reasons. The first is that she has been so aggressively anti-fashion from the get-go. She has frequently turned up to important events with more than no idea how to dress herself, she seems to have gone out of her way to choose unflattering outfits. Whilst what looks good is inherently different for different people – most stars probably don’t want to look like Helena Bonham-Carter, but she dresses in a consistent and flattering way that clearly emphasises her persona – Lena has turned up in a mishmash of bad outfits that often seem like a middle-finger to the fashion industry.

    Not that there’s much wrong with that either – it’s her choice to be anti-fashion given her stance on representing a larger woman than is normally seen in film, television and fashion. It makes a statement that it is unusual and that’s her prerogative. But good god she is not a good fit for Vogue.

    The second that if she is going to do a shoot for Vogue someone should have told her to stand up straight in that gorgeous coat, close her mouth every once in a while.

  • veronicafish

    She truly annoys the ever-lovin’ shit outta me (hey, it’s a phrase my mother uses; can’t help it if it stuck), but I can’t argue that she looks pretty great in these photos. Or, factoring in the photoshopping, that these are good photos of her.

  • allcapsERINN

    That Prada dress is AWESOME in a “come and take a ride on my manic phase and by the way Merry Christmas God Bless America BIG FACE!” kind of way!

    • Danielle

      WOW I should learn to read the FULL sentence more often before scrolling. All I saw when I skimmed was “come and take a ride on my BIG FACE”.

  • xmixiex

    I really do not care for her, but I love the shot on the train platform. As for the cover, she looks pretty, but why didn’t they style her brows better for a close up on the COVER of VOGUE? Finally, she looks about half her actual size in the shot laying on the bed. Sigh.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

    That Celine jacket and I need to play 7 Minutes in Heaven…brb.

  • misstressofsylar

    This came out better than what I was expecting. I like how Vogue realized she’s not one of their run-of-the-mill models and adapted the shoot to her personality.

  • murt

    The makeup is awful on the cover……….. is unblended lip-liner and clumpy mascara trendy again?

    • nowlo

      I didn’t look carefully at the makeup and now all I can see is that lipliner. Ugh. Save the edgy, unattractive looks for models, makeup artists!

  • Janet B

    How did they get her in a collared shirt?
    She’s probably wondering the same thing.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I LOVE the Celine coat.
    Her eyes are gorgeous.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    “These clothes looks like clothes she’d pick out to wear, but they’d never be styled this well on her in the real world.”

    She needs to hire the person who styled this shoot immediately. Love that shot of her on the subway platform. What ritual sacrifices do I need to perform to get that Celine coat? J’ to the ADORE to the power of 100.

  • lalahartma

    I see the photoshop in the reclining pose!

  • @Biting Panda

    Oh Lena. The cover and editorial are fine. Nothing ground breaking and nothing that changes my feelings on her, either way.
    Others haven mentioned it, but truly, the shot in the black dress is the best. And I’m surprised at how much I like the overly busy coat.

    Since we’ve been talking about her so much, I watched the two newest Girls last night. It’s the same ol show it’s been all along. I feel like the never smiling Zosia is the only one of them not portraying exactly who they are in real life.

    (Thank goodness for Twitter, it’s the only way I can get here to see current posts. I’m not clearing out my cache anymore until the site issues are resolved. I’m tired of reentering all my passwords and signing in to everything. I can only imagine how frustrated TLo must be at this point. Hang in there fellas!)

    • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

      I keep getting comments in the RSS feed, not sure what is causing that. It isn’t every comment because if it were, I would be sitting in a corner rocking back and forth by now.. :(

    • demidaemon

      Your representation of the show seems extremely accurate for me—I, for one, refuse to shell out any more money for premium channels when I’m already considering getting rid of satellite TV all together—and the fact that Zosia can actually act also makes sense, considering her parentage.

      • Adrianna Grężak

        Zosia also has previous experience – she was on Mad Men playing a completely different character. Part of the marketing for the show is “this is all our first jobs!” (direct quote from Dunham on HBO) which is a blantant lie considering Zosia Mamet.

        • demidaemon

          Interesting. Makes sense, as far as what I can see. She does seem to be the odd one out, in a multitude of ways. Still, Lena, nice marketing maneuver there. Not.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      My first thought while watching the first two episodes of Season 3 was “Am I missing something here? Is the Girls writing team really so brilliant that I missed some grand message?” I concluded that there’s a reason why there’s never been a show about 20-somethings before – it’s not interesting!

  • Danielle

    I really like her hair in the 2nd shot, with the lovely coat. It’s very Allison Williams-esque and I wish she would style it like this more often.

  • thecitysleeps

    I love everything about this except the obvious “Let’s make her look as thin as possible” deal. I really like the cover and that shirt, and the quirky shoot. I also love that they used Adam Driver as the male in the shoot. Ahhh New York. The article is also really great. I just love her and what she is and she represents. Sorry for the obvious bias.

    • Sly

      I love your obvious bias, because I love her and her show. I enjoy these pictures, and I really don’t care if they are photo-shopped, because there are millions of other covers, photo shoots that are. I’m used to it now. IDK why everyone is talking about it like this is the first time they’ve ever seen a photo shopped image.

  • MannahattaMamma

    In the recline she’s apparently sold an arm to make rent or something…or make Wintour weight, maybe.

    • filmcricket

      Q: How can you drop 10 pounds instantly? A: Cut off your arm.

      • demidaemon

        A: Get photoshopped.

  • ailujailuj

    Agree on all counts – I was impressed by the color orgasm – YES!! all the choices are right and love her and the platform shot (overlooking Wmsbrg? are we in the Bronx?) who cares – it is hot. So frustrated by the cropped fattie shots but editors will be editors.

  • Denis

    I wouldn’t watch Girls unless Jessica Lange guest stars and murders all of them, but I don’t totally hate Lena. I’d like to see her develop a quirky, unconventional look that’s at least flattering. It’s unfortunate she learned nothing from this photo shoot. Still, I wonder how long all her “normal” girl posing is going to last. My guess is until she turn 30 when it’s just not cute any longer.

  • WendyD

    All I can see is PRADA FRANKENDRESS. WTF is that? BURN IT WITH FIRE!!

    • surfergirl70

      Thank you! I’m seeing all these kudos for it, and all I see is a naked emperor. It’s ridiculously ugly.

      • MK03

        At least they didn’t pair it with bedazzled legwarmers and a boob-sweatband for the shoot.

        • WendyD

          I actually like the bedazzled legwarmers, but with not with anything else the model is wearing/carrying.

  • Nicole S.

    Is she actually standing on that train platform? Because it completely looks like she was photoshopped on to it. I’m so whatever about the whole thing. Blah.

    • kimmeister

      Her ankle also appears to be ready to snap off.

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    I want that Celine coat slightly desperately

    • sojourneryouth

      IKR? I feel like it might be tacky, but I love everything about it, and the colors would look outstanding on my dark skin.

      • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

        I’m pale as shit but I would FIND A WAY TO ROCK IT.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I think I want that Céline coat for myself.

  • Mismarker

    The cover shot looks like an Excedrin ad.

  • ailujailuj

    OMFG – L U H U V V the brow action on the Celine model… FANFUCKINGTASTIC

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    The cover pose wigs me out.

    “Lena try to convey how the fashion world and your brain are at odds…great honey, lift that headache-indicating hand up a bit. yes, perfect. And give me more hand tension in the ‘sweating-it’ collar pull. More tension. More. More. A little less. Okay, I think we’ve got it. Don’t worry, I didn’t make you look in any way chic or sexy. Bravo, honey.”

  • megohd

    Re: the cover — I’d like to see more covers like this, not fewer. She looks beautiful. It is tasteful. There is no need to oversexualize every woman who appears on the cover of a magazine.

    And I know that this is the standard treatment for women of a (perceived) certain size, which sucks, but I’d rather see more women like this than women of any size contorting themselves into pretzels to appear sexy/horny/JBF etc.

    • Gatto Nero

      They even contoured her face electronically, tho.

  • Susan Velazquez

    WTH is with the cover shot? It’s like Lena is making the “sweats nervously and tugs collar” gesture

    • alyce1213

      Remember Rodney Dangerfield?

    • Gatto Nero

      The whole angsty vibe is overdone, comically so.

  • M. H. Leader

    The pictures also disguise the fact that she cannot stand up straight to save her life. She SLOUCHES. ALL the time. She could double her attractiveness just by standing up straight–shoulders back, head up, yada-yada-yada. It’s almost painful to look at her when she’s on the red carpet because she’s so hunched over into herself, as if she’s trying to disappear. Wonder what that says about her true level of self-esteem?

    • alyce1213

      re: her true self-esteem. I’ve wondered about that too. She talks the talk, and very brashly at times, but the body is very telling.

      • Katesymae

        Without meaning to diss on her (Lena’s one of my favorites), I agree that she often looks uncomfortable when being photographed. And as a fellow sloucher, I will tell you that no matter how many times she’s chastised for it, she ain’t gonna stop. It’s one of those things that’s too hard to un-learn.

        • alyce1213

          I really don’t think it’s too hard to be unlearned, like any other habit it takes work. Anyway, she’s a frequently photographed public figure, she should how to fake it at least — or would that be against her principles?

          • Katesymae

            It might not be against her principles to stand up straight; it may be to do so because the internet commentariat insists/expects she looks like a certain way and derides her as garbage otherwise. And/or, maybe she just doesn’t give a shit about it? At least – those would be my rebellious feelings if I were her.

          • alyce1213

            I was being facetious, about faking it being against her principles .
            Rebellion by bad posture at her age (27) seems unlikely to me, or at least an immature professional choice. I think the problem is that she just doesn’t seem comfortable being on display, which comes with the territory in the public life she has chosen to live. That’s why she defaults to silly model poses, S-shapes, crossed toes, coy expressions. Yes, we do expect our celebrities to look a certain way, hopefully their best, and isn’t that why we’re here on this site? I want her to do and look better, not hear excuses. As we can see from this post, improvement is possible!
            I also think it’s pretty obvious that she gives a very big shit about fashion and how people think she looks in clothes.

  • webslice33

    okay..mad props for Vogue for choosing her, and yes we all know shes not a size 2 so whatever her best asset is was chosen to be displayed which is perfect..no need to 2nd guess the editors, they love her so they chose her..

  • Gatto Nero

    Nice pics and styling, but she’s Photoshopped to within an inch of her life.
    Cute pooch.

  • colleenjanel

    I actually like the bed picture, because I believe it’s the very first time I’ve ever seen this girl not be schlumpy!

    • colleenjanel

      Of course, that’s probably because it’s hard to be schlumpy when you’re lying down ;-)

      • kittentoes

        I can do it.

        • kimmeister

          It often involves sweats, amirite?

  • GeoDiva

    I figured out that it is her tattoos that really bug the shit out of me. They seem like sketches that are half done. It always looks so bad in conjunction with these flirty gowns she tries to wear on the red carpet. She always seem in conflict with herself.

  • Trickytrisha

    Cute cover, but where’d her neck go?

  • acevedob

    Beautiful shots. She looks great. Too bad I hate her.

  • Glammie

    I like the spread–of course she’s glammed up, but it’s actually interesting to see that on her. She has striking eyes, so the close-up also emphasizes her slight big-eyes Twiggy factor. She’s not proportioned like a model (I don’t mean the weight, I mean neck length, waist, etc.), so the tight close-up works for me. Also think the styling was great. They gave her bold clothes that worked for her–because Dunham is no wallflower. Underneath the Hannah Horvath persona, is a tough, sophisticated young woman and the clothes reflect that.

    • Gatto Nero

      The eyes are photoshopped to appear much larger than they are. In fact everything about her is photoshopped to death.

  • BayTampaBay

    I do not get what people see in Lena Dunham nor do I understand why she is on the cover of Vogue.

    • porcupie

      Surely she has more right to be on the cover of Vogue than most people who are on it? She writes, directs, and acts in her own critcally-acclaimed HBO show. I mean, it’s fine for people to have problems with her/not like her work, but the way her accomplishments are completely written off really annoys me. And if this was any other non-stick thin woman on Vogue then people would be glad, but because she seems to be everybody else’s favourite punching bag then a load of the comments only talk about how shit they think she is. It depresses me.

      • MommyMitzi

        Yes, I agree. I watch her show and both love it and am uncomfortable with it and I don’t like her character Hannah or really any of the characters in it, but I think that’s the point. But, from what I can tell of Lena in the interviews I’ve heard and what I’ve read of her, she is amazing, talented and deserves everything she has right now, as much as anyone does.

    • demidaemon

      A: Anna Wintour.

  • BitterOldQueen

    This spread is deeply disturbed, offensive, and repulsive. To blithely shrug off the blatant and shameless manipulation of the images to make Lena Dunham look like some sort of waif is symptomatic of a serious psychosis in not just this magazine’s editorial staff but our culture generally. Lovely photos, but the reality behind them makes them intrinsically disgusting.

    • http://tvblogster.blogspot.com Boop

      BitterOldQueen – will you be my friend? I did like the photos, but you bring up a fascinating point.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      Like Beyonce said – Perfection is a disease of a nation.

    • Rand Ortega

      Profundity, thy name is BitterOldQueen.

  • Jamie

    it’s so disappointing to see how much these pictures were photoshopped—highly unnecessary and offensive.

  • hunt3002

    She’s missing an arm in the bed photo. That’s one way to take the weight off!?!

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Props to her for making it on VOGUE. But oh man where’s the pic with the pigeon on her head?? That outfit is hilariously INSANE and her legs are photoshopped beyond normalcy.

    • BayTampaBay

      Again I ask; How did she make it to the cover of Vogue? Why?

      Kate Upton I can sorta kinda understand but Lena Dunham? WTF???

      • Erica_Vuitton

        Eh, she’s a media darling right now. Her “critically acclaimed” & very popular show is starting it’s new season, it was nominated for a bunch of awards. Anna loves that shit. Also her parents are famous NY artists so I’m sure they run in the same 1% circle.

        • Adrianna Grężak

          I read the actual article that went along with this Vogue spread, and it’s very telling that Dunham and the girl who plays Jessa were featured in Vogue as pre-teens. (The story was something about New Yorker kid fashion)

  • bellafigura1

    The clothes are right, but I find it hard to believe even the magicians at Vogue can not make her stop with the crazy fake face. The cover is fine, but the subway platform shot, ridiculous.

    • BayTampaBay

      I yearn for the old days when Vogue put only real “top of the line” models on the cover.

  • Joy

    I would much rather see Mindy Kaling on the cover and her be crowned the new queen of comedy. It could be personal, but I would much rather hang out with Mindy then Lena. I was watching the two episodes of Girls thinking, I like this show but I would hate hanging out with Hannah and Adam. Hate it. I could care less about her body and extremely poor fashion choices.

    • cassandu

      i love the show because it never fails to get a laugh out of me, but hot damn, if i ever met any of those characters IRL, i would claw my eyes out! ESPECIALLY JESSA.

      • Katesymae

        Jessas! *shakes fist* I have met so many of her type of dreamy, faux-aristocractic, bohemian girls in my life, and they never fail to annoy the ever-loving shit out of me. Especially because, no matter how awful they are, every guy seems to lust after them. Argh.

  • crash1212

    I think the cover is really lovely and captures her unique beauty and spirit. Also, I want the polka dot blouse. The rest is a big ol’ meh for me. And the photo shop of the bed picture is really disturbing. I know they’re going for a “she’s laying on her left arm” look, but it really looks like she’s an amputee – not that there’s anything wrong with that – but in this context it’s kind of creepy.

  • http://tvblogster.blogspot.com Boop

    She looks fabulous on the cover! And I love the other shots as well..in particular – the one with Adam Driver. One thing I can’t get out of my head (and this is just me): The thought of wearing pumps on a NYC subway platform makes my toes go numb. It’s torture. I blame Sex and the City for this myth. No lady can really wear hot high heeled shoes around the streets of NYC without having to stop, sit down, take them off, and switch to ballet flats. And I include just standing on a platform in this rant. (Again – maybe that’s just me. Too many years of running has ruined my feet for cool shoes.).

    • marlie

      It looks like she’s photoshopped into the picture, anyway. So no standing on real subway platforms. ;)

  • Jecca2244

    i’m going to avoid talking about her because she’s not my cup of tea, but i especially don’t get him.

    also, is Vogue frantically trying to appear to someone other than their socialite crew? Between Lena Dunham on the cover and the insanely large cover line for Kate Upton’s piece….

    • BayTampaBay

      Jecca2244, I agree with you 100% girlfriend! Vogue was much better when all they really cared about was their socialite crew and did editorials that fed my fantasies of owning real couture and working it like Natalia, Amber, Shalom, Lauren Hutton, Patti Hanson, Paulina , Kim Alexis, Stephanie Seymour…etc…etc…

      Miss Anna really needs to take hard look at what she is doing to Vogue and the paying reader (i.e. me) she is alienating.

      • Lisa_Co

        Anna Wintour has ruined American Vogue at least for me. Italian (especially) and French Vogue are far more interesting.

  • Evan

    I don’t watch Girls and I think she has a horrible sense of style (or maybe no sense of style) even though I do believe that she likes fashion, but that first quote is pretty intelligent. She sounds like she has some brains.

    • MommyMitzi

      She does. Listen to her in an interview. The one she did with Alex Baldwin on his radio show was awesome.

      • Evan

        I don’t know if I can listen to Alex Baldwin though lol

        • sagecreek

          I thought that, too, but I stumbled across the show one night, and he’s actually a really smart interviewer. Who knew?

          • Adrianna Grężak

            I was pleasantly surprised by his show. It’s more of a geniune conversation since he’s a celebrity of similiar caliber

  • Betsy

    She needs to carry that Vogue makeup artist around in her pocket, and trot him out whenever she needs to look good on the red carpet. OR, her usual “makeup gay” needs to take lessons from the Vogue one! (But sorry, that cheek/jawline in the cover photo is NOT all hers. Definitely Photoshopped! And I prefer her own face shape.)

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    Every shot here, including the cover, has been photo shopped to hell and gone. It will be interested to see if Ms. Lena (with her disregard of fashion and all) has any public comments about this.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      I disagree with the argument that she disregards fashion – if she disregarded fashion, she wouldn’t be in Vogue in the first place. Plus, she gave a full interview for this issue of Vogue, where she outlined and explained her taste in fashion.

      • IMNAngryLiberal

        That statement was meant to be snarky, not serious.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    Am I the only one who noticed that Adam Driver and the dog are completely SERVING IT

  • Cloveradams

    For a second there I thought this was a vintage Vogue cover shot of Carrie Fisher, a little post-Leia. But what a Photoshopstravaganza – nothing outside of her eyes, nose, and lips has any definition whatsoever.

    • Qitkat

      Exactly, you said what I was thinking, although I couldn’t come up with Carrie Fisher, I knew the cover reminded me of someone else.

  • GorgeousThings

    So, Annie Leibovitz seems to be the new Steven Meisel. When did he part ways with Vogue?

    Love the coat. The rest of the spread, not so much. And the interview? Yawn…

    • Lisa_Co

      He still does work for Italian Vogue.

      • BayTampaBay

        It is my understanding that Anne Wintour is partial to Patrick Demarchelier.

  • Constant Reader

    I agree that they did Lena better than Lena (or her team) does. She looks really pretty, young, and fun here.

  • JaCory Deon

    God, I wish they would just publish pics of these people as they are and not some CGI version they wish them to be. I like the pics, in theory.

  • Qitkat

    She is absolutely swallowed by the Céline coat. This feels like Vogue editorial meeting: OK, 2014, Lena Dunham, check. Next…

  • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

    The Céline is overwhelming her frame, even thought it’s a great choice otherwise in terms of color and shape. The Prada shot is bizarre. Like she’s a murder victim at the end of Adam’s bed being contemplated. The Burberry look is exactly the kind of thing she should be wearing: tailored on the bottom, volume/texture/pattern on the top. All quibbles aside, they are gorgeous photos and if I were here I’d be pleased as punch.

  • Call me Bee

    So nice to see her styled by people who know what they’re doing.

  • Kathy Monkman

    I love it! The concept, execution, Adam Driver (raow!) and the cute little dog.

  • snarkykitten

    I wished they photoshopped out her tattoo while they were photoshopping out her pores

  • suzq

    Dear Lena: Now you need to get a full sleeve tat on your right arm so that never again will they be able to Photoshop them easily. That’ll fix ‘em. Also, buy that coat and wear it.

  • Imasewsure

    Love that Burberry… stripes and dots…. I’m so IN

  • MzzPants

    Whoever did her face and hair for the cover needs to be on her payroll. I am disappointed that Vogue gave her the standard edits. My hope was to see what they did with her in all her real girl glory.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      That would have been worth seeing, but I”m not sure that Anna Wintour wants to allow that much realness in her mag.

  • quiltrx

    My only opinion of her is fashion-wise, as I don’t have premium networks so I’ve never seen the show. So as far as what I’ve seen of her, this is a pretty good spread–playing toward her own style. I really love the pic in the coat. Seems to be a lot of computerized distorting going on otherwise.

  • Rand Ortega

    This is Vogue slumming. I find it condescending.

    “Everyone dates everyone, for lots of reasons we can’t understand.”
    As long as they’re not minorities, right, Lena?

    • demidaemon

      BURN. You’re awesome.

  • dschubba

    The hair and makeup are probably the best I’ve seen on her. I like the spirit of the this shoot, but they’ve made no attempt whatsoever to mask their extreme level of manipulation.

  • GTrain

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but I really like these. I just find the amount of Photoshop offensive.

  • unbornfawn

    Now, if she’d just get the people from Vogue to dress her more often…

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I just realized that she is Carrie Fisher for a new generation. Without the Star Wars prologue. But her hair and makeup on the cover are downright fabulous.

  • guest2visits

    Certainly this post with all it’s extraordinary, pithy, and considerable wisdoms to share, is just a perfect example of why I enjoy TLo & the BK universe so much!! I liked the cover myself… something 60s or That Girl about it. Also liked the Celine coat & shoes; very nice on her. Not an attractive Prada dress, but nicer on Lena than the model. Although I wish she had the shoes in her hand because, you know…shoes on the bed; tisk.
    I have no real perception of her since I’ve never watched more than 15 minutes of Girls. People say she’s got talent as a writer, actor. This Vogue shoot is not a bad idea as it portrays a slice of the ‘real’ girl/woman in a fashionable light – something the ladies have been doing on their own, think ‘Glamor Shots’ – for awhile now. It’s also a lesson on what a wonderful thing it is to have Vogue stylists, couture clothing and Annie Leibovitz, for sure.

  • EEKstl

    I wish she’d worn that Prada to the Golden Globes.

  • gefeylich

    Yeah. My first thought was “Well, it’s the usual ‘fat girl pin shot’ cover.”

  • Katesymae

    Okay, I’m saying it loud and proud: I LOVE Lena, and I love Girls. And the only thing wrong with these photos is the god-awful amount of Photoshop used. (Like, she was totally green-screened into these outdoor NYC settings, right?!)

  • LaSylphide

    Adore that coat and she looks great in it.

  • helene

    i just do not understand all the hate. i adore her. i am not such a big fan of hannah horvath but lena dunham makes a shitload of sense to me. i don’t have to reiterate everything she said in the interview. I would say that the Howard Stern comment was par for the course. She ain’t pretty so she’s not allowed to show her body or have opinions. I find her extremely appealing and i want to hear what she has to say in any medium in which she chooses to express herself. (i loved the shoot, i think she looks great – did it ever occur to anyone that “uncomfortable” and “awkward” can be baseline for some people? again, she ain’t your typical “pretty person” so everyone wants to knock her down a peg. I find her terribly brave) Wow, i didn’t know i had so much to say!

    • demidaemon

      I think a lot of people dislike her (at least these are my reasons) because of the following: 1) She feels like she’s being forced on us to make her seem as you have so aptly put it. 2) Nepotism. 3) Hipsteritis. 4) Too much of being made for having a “regular” body. Yes, yes, Hollywood bullshit about beauty and all that, but, remember, this is the girl who cast Allison Williams in her own show. Hypocrite much? I’ll stop there, but there are equal reasons for liking and disliking her, in my opinion. I don’t disregard her intelligence–as displayed in this interview–or what she’s trying to say. Part of my dislike comes from the media’s embrace of her as this rulebreaker when so many others have come before her and been ignored or downplayed.

  • Town

    The dog wants to know why it’s trapped in this photo shoot.

  • bellafigura1

    Oh ugh, she’s on the cover of the New York Post today as “The New Sexy,” yes, please, no.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Lena? Oh, Lena? C’mere, lemme talk to you… See, Lena, THIS is what you look like when you let professionals handle the job! YOU LOOK GOOD! Hair, makeup, clothes – marvelous! She’s still on my Irrational Hate List for looking like a smacked ass 99% of the time, but I will totally give it up for her here.

  • sagecreek

    She should hire whoever styled her for this spread.

  • shelley514

    What a waste of a cover opportunity. And two in a row like this with the Mindy Kaling cover. Vogue’s showing it’s prejudices and lack of creative vision. So disappointed. The shot of Lena D in that FABULOUS coat is nice.