Lena Dunham is very outspoken about her body and her journey to a positive body image, so it's fitting that she doesn't take kindly to magazines photoshopping her form for their covers. As such, when Girls creator Lena Dunham noticed a seemingly photoshopped picture of herself on the cover of El Pais's magazine supplement Tentaciones, she threw them under the bus and left them no option other than to comment. And thus began a fun installment of the blame game.
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. So if you're into what I do, why not be honest with your readers? Much love, Lena.
After having their cover shot questioned, Tentaciones (which translates to Temptations) released a statement on their website claiming they didn't retouch the image, part of which translates to:
Of course, we are aware that any magazine is responsible for what it publishes, but this photo was previously approved by the agency, the photographer, and your publicist. For this cover, we used a photo that was taken in a 2013 session with photographer Ruven Afanador, published at the time in Entertainment Weekly. For TENTACIONES, we acquired the photo through Corbis agency and used the original that was sent to us without applying any type of retouching. Those who know and follow our magazine know we don't use Photoshop or other digital tools to change the physical appearance of people on our cover or the articles within. On this occasion, we only cropped the original image to fit it to our cover format.
Tentaciones included the full image and demonstrated their cropping technique as evidence in their favor.
Well, BuzzFeed reached out to the photo agency, Corbis, and a representative pointed the blame right back at the source of the controversy. “I can confirm the magazine have used the photo as supplied by Corbis. In line with standard practice, all retouching would have been cleared through Lena’s PR before being made available for syndication.”
Sure, Corbis named Dunham's team and it's quite unlikely that Dunham okays every picture of herself, but it's still a little awkward that Corbis blamed the photoshopping back on her side of things.
Plus, the photo is nowhere near the most egregious example of photoshopping by a magazine or agency. At least it strongly resembles Dunham. Here she is in a photo from her own account, presumably definitely not photoshopped:
Even though it didn't go exactly as planned, it's nice that Dunham had the courage to say something.