Lena Dunham attacks Spanish newspaper for alleged Photoshop job
Already known for her unapologetic body positivism both in her acting and on social media, Girls writer and actor Lena Dunham gained more admiration on Instagram today for challenging a Spanish newspaper over its alleged digital altering.
In an Instagram post that earned more than 40,000 likes in eight hours, Dunham wrote Oh hello El Pais! I am genuinely honored to be on your cover. . .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 youre into what I do, why not be honest with your readers? Much love, Lena.
El Pais is a Spanish daily newspaper, and the cover picture to which Dunham refers appeared in its pull-out supplement, Tentaciones.
However, El Pais has denied the accusation in anopen letter posted on its website today, which stated:
Those who know and follow our magazine know that wedo not use Photoshop or other digital tools to change the physique of the people featured on our cover or inside stories.This time we just cut the original image to fit the format of our cover.
Hereyou can see the original photograph on your shared by photographer Ruven Afanador on your Facebook page and then on the cover of Tenaciones.As you can see, the picture is exactly the same.
A side-by-side examination of the pictures does confirm that, aside from cropping, they are identical; an Imgur has even been created to emphasize this. Several commenters on Dunhams Instagram have suggested that, if the photo was altered, it must have been done by the photographer himself.
The Daily Dot has reached out to photographer Ruven Afanador for comment, but has not yet heard back.
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