Look, I dislike Lena Dunham as much as the next person who hate-watches Girls. But Jezebel offering $10,000 to the person who can give them the pre-photoshopped photos from Lena Dunham’s Vogue shoot isn’t okay. It’s not even close to okay. In fact, it’s so far from okay, that this offer and okay are in completely different time zones. They’re currently claiming that they’re doing this to prove a point about Vogue and not because they want to shame Lena Dunham for wanting to look pretty.
This is about Vogue, and what Vogue decides to do with a specific woman who has very publicly stated that she’s fine just the way she is, and the world needs to get on board with that. Just how resistant is Vogue to that idea? Unaltered images will tell.
But come the fuck on. We need to know how resistant Vogue is to natural bodies? Um pick up a Vogue, any Vogue will do, and it quickly becomes clear how resistant they are to natural bodies. Considering that it’s 2014 and considering that Jezebel’s consistently on top of magazine photoshopping, it seems inane that they’re approaching this like they don’t know the answer. But in case there’s anyone over there who’s still curious, let me fill you in. Vogue’s VERY resistant to seeing natural bodies. It’s antithetical to their entire mission.
I’ll also fill Jezebel in on something else — there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look better than your best when you’re doing a Vogue photo shoot. In the same way there’s nothing wrong with Lena Dunham getting decked out at award shows. Just because she believes in showcasing a normal body doesn’t mean she can’t ever do anything to make her own body look better. Believing that women don’t have to wear make-up doesn’t mean that you can’t ever pick up a tube of mascara and put it on. She’s allowed to want to look pretty — even if that means adhering to conventional standards of beauty.
I hail from the school of feminism that believes that you should do you — as long as that you doesn’t bring someone else down. While there’s plenty to dislike about Lena, there’s no way you can deny that she’s changed the way we look and think about the naked bodies that we see on TV and in real life. So shame on Jezebel for using their platform for this ridiculous nonsense. They’re better than that — or at least they used to be.