Chances are pretty great that you’ve heard of Lena Dunham by now, and most likely even seen an episode or two of Girls. Well she is now the subject of a conversation having to do with Vogue, a hefty bounty, and touch-ups.
Dunham, known mostly for her hit HBO show Girls, and her impressive level of comfort being nude on screen, snagged the February cover of Vogue. Great for her, right? You’d love to think that the story stops there- that a woman with an actual real-life body could get the cover and a great spread in a hugely popular magazine, and the world can go on being happy for her. Unfortunately, there is not exactly what is happening.
Jezebel, a feminist blog, offered up a bounty of $10,000 for the pre-touch-up photos from Dunham’s Vogue photo shoot. And… they got them. And… they posted them, along with a photo and list of the changes made. It’s making news all over the place.
Lots of folks are up in arms, and I’m curious to know your thoughts. Was it wrong of Jezebel to offer money (and a lot of money at that) and expose the touch-ups? Was it wrong of Vogue to touch-up the photos of someone so notoriously comfortable in her own skin? By doing this, is Jezebel partaking in body shaming? They seem to believe that they are really doing the world a service by outing the adjustments.
Here is how Dunham handled that situation.
So… does it go without saying that anyone gracing the cover of a magazine will be photo-shopped, OR does that only go for people not fitting “model standards?” I, for one, don’t see what good it does in this case to shell out $10,000 to show the world adjustments made to these photos, but that’s just me. Please tell me your thoughts on this whole situation. I’m very curious to know.