Thursday 18 December 2014

Sorry Victoria Beckham, Girls star Lena Dunham makes the cover of Vogue

Published 16/01/2014 | 08:35

Dunham appears alongside co-star Adam Driver in a shoot inside the issue. Photo: American Vogue/Annie Leibovitz

The rumours were true - Girls creator Lena Dunham is American Vogue's February cover star

The 27-year-old creator of Girls was shot by Annie Leibovitz for the headshot (something which will no doubt receive criticism) and wears a red and white polka dot shirt and heavy, Sixties-style eye make-up as she looks slightly perturbed.

Last October, whispers started circulating that the publication's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour was attempting to 'woo' Dunham in the belief that featuring her on the cover would bring the 'next generation' of readers to Vogue. Sources at the time said the editrix was: "willing to violate a lot of Vogue traditions to do it, including putting her on the cover even though she doesn't really conform to the body type that Vogue has featured for most of its history."

Indeed, Wintour was present and correct at the series three premiere of the show in New York last week, as were countless other fashionable names, suggesting Dunham has well and truly been taken into the fashion fold. The latest series even features a cameo by J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons.

It's not the first time Dunham has appeared inside the famed magazine though. As the interview with Nathan Heller inside the issue reveals, in 1998 she featured in a piece about "a New York pack of fashion-conscious kids" in which she precociously commented: "I really like Jil Sander, but it's so expensive. I find Calvin Klein really hard to respect because he's everywhere. I view him as a clothesmonger." Serendipitously, her Girls co-star Jemima Kirke was also featured and it was after their involvement that they became friends.

Lena appears in an editorial shoot accompanying the interview with her co-star Adam Driver, who plays her boyfriend of the same name in the show, and her pet dog Lamby.

Dunham's hit coming-of-age comedy has been a knockout success, winning rave reviews, awards and legions of fans despite only having two series - series three premieres in the UK next week.

 

"Dear @voguemagazine: Thank you. Love, Lena" tweeted the star with a link to the images and lengthy interview that appear inside the issue.

 

See the shoot and read the entire interview at vogue.com.

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