Update: That didn’t take long: The unretouched photos of Lena Dunham’s Vogue shoot have hit the Web. If you’re so inclined, you can see them over at Jezebel.
The Internet exploded on Thursday afternoon when feminist site Jezebel put out a $10,000 offer to anyone who could (and would) get their hands on Lena Dunham‘s un-Photoshopped Vogue images and send them to its editors. While Jezebel‘s purpose in pulling such an insensitive stunt was to call out Vogue for disingenuously altering the actress/writer/producer’s appearance even though she makes it clear that she loves her body the way it is, it came off as pretty catty. Dunham, thankfully, seems to agree.
The Girls star took to Twitter on Thursday night to offer some “non-comments” on Jezebel‘s endeavor, saying:
Some shit is just too ridiculous to engage. Let’s use our energy wisely, 2014.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) January 17, 2014
She also replied to The New Yorker‘s TV critic, Emily Nussbaum, who expressed a strong opinion on the situation.
It’s true that every week on Girls, we see Dunham’s body in all of its natural glory, so who really cares what her unretouched magazine photos look like? We all know. Plus, Vogue is famous for its Photoshop makeovers — even on some of the slimmest ladies in Hollywood — so was it really necessary to call Dunham out like this? The actress isn’t one to keep her mouth shut, but in this case, her not saying much at all makes a much bigger statement.
Update 2: Lena Dunham spoke to Slate on Friday afternoon, giving an official statement on her Vogue shoot and Photoshop criticism. She says:
I understand that for people there is a contradiction between what I do and being on the cover of Vogue; but frankly I really don’t know what the photoshopping situation is, I can’t look at myself really objectively in that way. I know that I felt really like Vogue supported me and wanted to put a depiction of me on the cover. I never felt bullied into anything; I felt really happy because they dressed me and styled me in a way that really reflects who I am. And I felt that was very lucky and that all the editors understood my persona, my creativity and who I am. I haven’t been keeping track of all the reactions, but I know some people have been very angry about the cover and that confuses me a little. I don’t understand why, photoshop or no, having a woman who is different than the typical Vogue cover girl, could be a bad thing.