So there's been an update in the Lena Dunham photoshopping saga of yesterday, guys. You'll remember (because it was literally only yesterday) that Lena called out Spanish magazine El Pais Tentaciones, claiming that they'd retouched her photo to make her look slimmer.
She posted a pic of the cover, along with the caption:
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.
Well, actually, it turned out that the mag HADN'T edited her pic, and they published an open letter to hit back at her accusations.
They also backed this up by sharing the original pic, taken in 2013 and posted on Facebook last month by the photographer:
Lena was quick to step up and apologise, writing another long caption on Instagram in which she admits to having a 'long and complicated history' with retouching:
Hey Tentaciones- thank you for sending the uncropped image (note to the confused: not unretouched, uncropped!) and for being so good natured about my request for accuracy. I understand that a whole bunch of people approved this photo before it got to you- and why wouldn't they? I look great. But it's a weird feeling to see a photo and not know if it's your own body anymore (and I'm pretty sure that will never be my thigh width but I honestly can't tell what's been slimmed and what hasn't.) I'm not blaming anyone (y'know, except society at large.) I have a long and complicated history with retouching. I wanna live in this wild world and play the game and get my work seen, and I also want to be honest about who I am and what I stand for. Maybe it's turning 30. Maybe it's seeing my candidate of choice get bashed as much for having a normal woman's body as she is for her policies. Maybe it's getting sick and realizing ALL that matters is that this body work, not that it be milky white and slim. But I want something different now. Thanks for helping me figure that out and sorry to make you the problem, you cool Spanish magazine you. Time to get to the bottom of this in a bigger way. Time to walk the talk. With endless love, Lena PS I'd love the Tentaciones subscription I was offered.
So there you go, all's well that ends well. Except it hasn't, because retouching and editing is STILL a massive issue in the magazine industry, despite the fact it's 2016.
It's important for celebs like Lena to call out the unacceptable body standards women are held to, even if in this case it turned out the magazine in question wasn't actually at fault.
Don't you think?