Lena Dunham Apologizes for Accusing Magazine of Photoshopping Her: It’s Weird to ‘Not Know If It’s Your Own Body’

Lena Dunham
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Whoops. Lena Dunham apologized for accusing Spanish magazine Tentaciones for Photoshopping her. The Girls actress, 29, shared the unretouched image on Instagram on Tuesday, March 1, along with a lengthy explanation as to why she was so easily set off the day before.

“Hey Tentaciones – thank you for sending the uncropped image (note to the confused: not unretouched, uncropped!) and for being so good natured about my request for accuracy,” her apology began. “I understand that a whole bunch of people approved this photo before it got to you – and why wouldn't they? I look great. But it's a weird feeling to see a photo and not know if it's your own body anymore (and I'm pretty sure that will never be my thigh width but I honestly can't tell what's been slimmed and what hasn't.) I'm not blaming anyone (y'know, except society at large.) I have a long and complicated history with retouching. … Maybe it's getting sick and realizing ALL that matters is that this body work, not that it be milky white and slim. But I want something different now. Thanks for helping me figure that out and sorry to make you the problem, you cool Spanish magazine you. Time to get to the bottom of this in a bigger way. Time to walk the talk. With endless love, Lena PS I'd love the Tentaciones subscription I was offered!”


The actress was surprised on Monday when she saw the cover for the first time, considering in the photo they repurposed, she looked so slim.

“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,” she captioned an Instagram photo of the cover on Monday, February 29. “So if you're into what I do, why not be honest with your readers? Much love, Lena. credit to @peguerillo_ for this [photo] of a [photo].”

Dunham has been working out with celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson. Last April, the slimmed-down star shared a photo of herself in a sports bra and credited her new workouts and Gwyneth Paltrow’s longtime trainer with eliminating her anxiety. 

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