In the newest edition of Entertainment Weekly, Girls actress Lena Dunham channeled her inner Twiggy for a photo shoot inspired by the iconic model, but when we saw the finished product, we couldn’t help but ask: Why are magazines trying to trick us into thinking Lena Dunham is pretty?
After a full season of the HBO breakout comedy, a few things about Dunham are clear: She’s a good director, a talented actress, a great writer, a funny girl, and, above all else, confident. Probably more confident with herself than most people are. But sexy is one thing she isn’t, and that’s what we liked about her.
After seeing several spreads of her in magazines like Vogue, People, and now Entertainment Weekly praising her for her unique look, we can help but sit in wonderment at why it isn’t enough for the media to simply let us enjoy her as a brain and not a bod.
After a parade of men like Seth Rogan, Jason Segel and Judd Apatow have gotten famous for being hilarious and still looking the way they do, we’re still not socially allowed to put female celebrities on the same pedestal unless they’re as funny as Dunham but also look like Megan Fox.
Let’s face it, we liked Dunham when the show first started because she’s not pretty. Because she reminds us of our funny friend from work or our neighbor our ourselves. She was a realistic version of what we wanted to see on TV, and now she’s being turned into a wannabe model, which we just don’t like. The more magazines are trying to push her ‘beauty’ on us, the more we’re finding ourselves pushing back by subconsciously finding her less funny. Sure the hot girl can be funny, but why does the funny girl have to be hot?
When the second season of Girls comes around, we’re hoping to see the same humor about her chubby bod and less of this glamorized Dunham that’s been plastered on Page Six. But we won’t hold our breath.