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Lena Dunham Was 'Kind of Scared' to See Her Unretouched Vogue Images

But after she saw them... she was kind of grateful.
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As you probably remember (and may want to forget), Jezebel offered up $10,000 in January for unretouched photos from Lena Dunham's Vogue cover shoot, and someone bit. Lena Dunham did not respond at the time, choosing only to tweet, "Some shit is too ridiculous to engage."

But on Thursday she broke her silence when asked about the debacle by Grantland editor Bill Simmons during an appearance on his podcast, which The Cut just alerted us to.

Early in the hour-long conversation, during which Dunham wears a self-referential sweater from Opening Ceremony's Elvis collaboration, she casually mentions, "I literally get no pleasure from the Gawker kingdom." Later, the Jezebel posts come up, and she explains that she no longer reads the site. "That was messed up," she says, calmly. "I think Jezebel can be really smart and funny... I think it's just like, once you've been attacked in that way, it's hard to enjoy, once you feel like they've made such a monumental error in their approach to feminism. I just can't be half-in... It felt gross."

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Dunham goes on to say that she was "kind of scared" to see the unretouched images. "I was like, maybe I'm delusional and I don't look how I think I look." But when she saw what "minimal retouching" they did do, she "felt completely respected by Vogue. "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 and I appreciate this.'" Then she goes on to slam Jezebel a bit more. You can watch the conversation, which starts at 52:20, above.