American writer and actress Lena Dunham took to Instagram on Monday night to call out what she said was a serious case of Photoshopping by a Spanish magazine.
Dunham, who writes and stars in the hit HBO series Girls, appears on the latest cover of Tentaciones (Temptations), the weekend supplement of Spain’s biggest daily newspaper, El País.
The photograph was originally published in Entertainment Weekly in 2013 and its reappearance on the Spanish magazine’s cover prompted a swift response from Dunham.
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. credit to @peguerillo_ for this
"Oh hello El Pais! I am genuinely honored to be on your cover and so happy you licensed a pic by @ruvenafanador (the photographer), who always makes me feel gorgeous…" Dunham wrote to her 2.4 million followers under an image of her on the front over.
"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."
The post has had over 36,000 likes since it was posted on Monday night, with followers posting messages of support.
"It’s disgusting what they do to our bodies. Thank you for speaking up against them,” wrote one commenter, while another simply wrote “Spain and its magazines = #machismo".
Another commenter pointed out that over-Photoshopping is not uncommon in Spain.
"Magazines in Spain are obsessed with Photoshop. Several Spanish actresses have complained about this fact."
Dunham is currently starring in the fifth series of Girls.
El País released a statement on Tuesday afternoon denying having touched up the photograph of Dunham.
"For the front cover of the magazine we used an image from the shoot you did in 2013 with the photographer Ruven Afanador, and which was published at the time by Entertainment Weekly," the newspaper wrote.
"Here at TENTACIONES, we acquired the photo via the Corbis agency, and we used the original that they sent us without applying any kind of retouching. Those who are familiar with and follow our magazine will know that we do not use Photoshop nor other digital tools to change the physical appearance of our cover stars, nor in the features to be found inside.
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On this occasion, the only thing we did was to crop the image to adapt it to the format of our front page."
Photographer Ruven Afanador posted the photo from the original 2013 photo shoot on his Facebook page at the time.