Lena Dunham is no stranger to unnecessary Photoshopping. In 2014, Jezebel offered to pay $10,000 to anyone who sent them unretouched photos from the Girls star’s Vogue spread, or in the words of Brooklyn Magazine, “Jezebel Offers $10,000 For Unretouched Lena Dunham Photos from Vogue; So F*ck You, Jezebel.” Dunham is unfortunately used to a “rabidly sexist” industry that can’t allow women to appear as themselves, including on the cover of Tentaciones (“Temptations” in English), a popular Spanish-language magazine.
Except it’s not really her. Here’s what Dunham wrote on Instagram:
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. (Via)
On Tuesday, Tentaciones refuted Dunham in an open letter, the preferred form of communication of anyone feuding on the Internet.
For our cover, we used a picture from a session you did in 2013 with photographer Ruven Afanador, published at the time by Entertainment Weekly. Tentaciones acquired that picture through the Corbis agency and used the original that was sent to us without applying any retouching. Those who know and follow our magazine know that we do not use Photoshop or other digital tools to change the physique of the people featured on our cover or inside stories. This time we just cropped the original image to fit the format of our cover. (Via)
Tentaciones then shared the original photo, adding, “As you can see, the image is exactly the same.” Corgis confirmed to BuzzFeed that the picture came from them, but “in line with standard practice, all retouching would have been cleared through Lena’s PR before being made available for syndication.” There’s only one way to solve this whodunit:
Stop. Using. Photoshop.