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Saturday 30 August 2014

Jezebel offer €10k for Lena Dunham's untouched Vogue photos

Bibby Sowray, Telegraph.co.uk

Published 20/01/2014 | 13:34

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Lena Dunham is Vogue's February cover girl

A bounty has been placed on Lena Dunham - or rather the photographs of her that appear in the February issue of American Vogue.

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Jezebel.com, a feminist blog that uses the tag-line: "Celebrity, Sex, Fashion for Women. Without Airbrushing", has offered $10,000 to see the Annie Leibovitz-shot images before they were airbrushed for publication.

"Lena Dunham is a woman who trumpets body positivity, who's unabashedly feminist, who has said that her naked body is "a realistic expression of what it's like to be alive" and "if you are not into me, that's your problem," reasons Jessica Coen, writing on the website. "Her body is real. She is real. And for as lovely as the Vogue pictures are, they're probably not terribly real."

Dunham's first cover and shoot for Vogue was unveiled earlier this week following months of speculation that she was set to appear in the fashion bible after being wooed by editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

Jezebel goes on to list several American Vogue shoots that have seen the famous sitter subjected to heavy-handed airbrushing, including Kate Winslet's perfectly smooth, expression-free face on the October 2013 cover.

The site insists that the offer is not to "shame" Dunham or criticise her for working with Vogue.

"To be very clear: Our desire to see these images pre-Photoshop is not about seeing what Dunham herself "really" looks like; we can see that every Sunday night or with a cursory Google search. She's everywhere. We already know what her body looks like."

Instead, they are taking issue with the famed publication.

"This is about Vogue, and what Vogue decides to do with a specific woman who has very publicly stated that she's fine just the way she is, and the world needs to get on board with that. Just how resistant is Vogue to that idea? Unaltered images will tell."

Dunham herself seemed to reference the furore on Twitter, simply saying: "Some s*** is just too ridiculous to engage. Let's use our energy wisely, 2014."

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