Say what you will about Lena Dunham, but the woman knows how to address gross sexism and be totally classy about it.
Recently, Lena was featured on the cover of a Spanish magazine called Tentaciones (which translates to "Temptations" in English).
The editors of the magazine must not be very familiar with Lena's history of body positivity, however, because they did something most people know she would never let slide: They photoshopped her body to look thinner.
Lena posted the cover on her Instagram and, very politely, called the magazine out for turning her into a person she is not. https://instagram.com/p/BCZE4J3i1Dl/embed/
Her caption reads,
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.
She did not clarify what specific areas received "more than the average photoshop," but I think we can all trust Lena to know her own body. She also was sure to give credit to the photographer, Ruven Afanador, and made it clear she does not blame him.
Body positivity has been a major focus for Lena's character on her show, "Girls," as well as a part of Lena's feminism in general. She's never shied away from showing her bigger-than-Hollywood's-gross-standards body, nor should she.
Honestly, I'm shocked the magazine didn't realize Lena would call it out for that. Like, have you heard ANYTHING she's said, ever? No way she would let that pass.
Good for you, Lena!