Lena Dunham: Jezebel's Exposé About My Vogue Photoshoot Was Messed Up

Posted Friday February 21, 2014 1:23 PM GMT

She fulfilled one of her dreams by covering the February 2014 issue Vogue magazine, but unfortunately Lena Dunham dealt with negative press following the publication's release.

During an interview with "Grantland's" Bill Simmons posted on Thursday (February 20), the "Girls" star talked about the feminist website Jezebel subsequently offering a $10,000 bounty for un-retouched photos from the shoot.

"That was messed up," Miss Dunham explain about Jezebel writer Jessica Coen's multiple exposés. "I think Jezebel is really smart and funny. I think it's just like once you've been attacked that way it's hard to enjoy. It's hard to enjoy once you feel like they've made such a monumental error in their approach to feminism."

Miss Coen claimed the articles weren't meant to hurt Lena and wrote, "Her body is real. She is real. And for as lovely as the Vogue pictures, they're probably not terribly real. This is about Vogue, and what Vogue decides to do with a specific woman who has very publicly stated that she's fine just the way she is, and the world needs to get on board with that. Just how resistant is Vogue to that idea? Unaltered images will tell."

While Jezebel continues to stand by its reasoning, the 27-year-old actress and its readers remain confuse about the situation. "For me it was sort of - I can't be half-in. It felt gross. I didn't talk to [Coen] who did it directly, but I can't imagine the reaction made her feel particularly great."

She continued, "It was the most minimal retouching. I felt completely respected by Vogue," the actress explained. "I felt like, 'Thank you for removing the one line from my face because I'm 27 years old and shouldn't have that there. I appreciate this.'"

"Instead of saying, 'Hey, we kind of f--ed up. These pictures aren't that retouched. Lena, enjoy the Vogue spread you've been excited about since you were 8 years old,' [Jezebel] was like: 'She's not retouched, but she could have been.' It was this weird almost like political maneuvering that I just had a lot of trouble respecting," Lena added.

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