Yes, That Is Lena Dunham on the Cover of Paper

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Lena Dunham for Paper magazine. Interview by Jane Fonda and styling by Adele Cany. Ellen Von Unwerth/PAPER Magazine


This ain’t no Kim Kardashian #BreaktheInternet moment!

Lena Dunham graces the March 2016 issue of Paper magazine, and unlike her reality star predecessor, who bared her butt, the Girls actress looks totally unrecognizable thanks to a retro-inspired makeover.

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Looking nothing like herself in an over-the-top, Marilyn Monroe–esque setup for one of two covers, Dunham, 29, wears a nude negligee with beaded boob details. (No real nipples to see here.) She also rocks a big platinum-blonde wig, lace and rhinestone–embellished opera gloves and a pink fur coat.

The second cover shows a completely different side of Dunham. The Emmy-winning multi-hyphenate channels a ’20s-era male movie star in a long-sleeve white shirt with fur-embellished overalls, a bow tie and a hat.

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Lena Dunham for Paper magazine. Interview by Jane Fonda and styling by Adele Cany. Ellen Von Unwerth/PAPER Magazine

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Inside the issue, Dunham dishes to Jane Fonda about feminism, sexism and politics — particularly Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. “Despite the fact that I would be a Pollyanna to think that there’s not gonna be some regressive woman-hating if she were elected, I do think there’s a net gain of seeing a woman in the highest office in the country to remind us what is possible, and it’s the strongest symbol to our country and to the world that the lines of gender and sexuality are no longer what is preventing people from moving forward,” she said.

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Lena Dunham for Paper magazine. Interview by Jane Fonda and styling by Adele Cany. Ellen Von Unwerth/PAPER Magazine

The actress went on: “Maybe that’s a sort of idealistic take, but my dream is that in the same way that having a black president has been such an important signal and has actually brought up so much conversation about the systemic racism that is still such a huge part of our national consciousness, I hope that a female president can start those same [types of] conversations, even when they’re painful.”

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