Something surprising happened recently, especially in the world of media and relentless age of Photoshop. Lena Dunham was featured on the cover of spanish magazine, Tentaciones.
Dunham was not impressed when she saw the released version of the cover… and she posted an Instagram of the image claiming that “BUT this is NOT what my body has ever looked like or will ever look like -the magazine has done more than average Photoshop.”
The surprising part is that in an open letter from Tentaciones to Lena Dunham, the magazine denies any use of Photoshop whatsoever:
“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. On this occasion, the only thing we did was to crop the image to adapt it to the format of our front page.”
Dunham responded to the open letter with yet another Instagram post captioned:
“But it’s a weird feeling to see a photo and not know if it’s your own body anymore” “I’m not blaming anyone (y’know, except society at large.) I have a long and complicated history with retouching.”
Dunham is certainly right that society at large is to blame for the altered perception we have of body image and ideals, and there are very few instances where it turns out the image is presented in it’s true form. But maybe, just maybe both Dunham and Tentaciones are on to something by demanding and using accurate representations of body image in media. Even more so, like Dunham said in her caption, getting to the bottom of this (issue) in a bigger way.