Lena Dunham will NOT be photoshopped … and she will start an intercontinental war if she has to.
The star and creator of the HBO hit "Girls" slammed Spanish magazine “Tentaciones” for allegedly slimming her image with Photoshop.
She called out the magazine on Instagram saying, “Oh hello Spanish magazine Tentaciones! I am genuinely honored to be on your cover and so happy you used a pic by @ruvenafanador - he always makes me feel gorgeous," Dunham, 29, told her 2.4 million followers.
"But this is not what my body has ever looked like or will ever look like - mad photoshop has been done to this iteration," she continued. "So if you're into what I do, why not be honest with your readers? Much love, Lena."
But the publishers of the magazine, distributed monthly with leading newspaper “El País,” were not taking it and quickly denied the allegations in an open letter.
They said the image was acquired as is from a photo agency and that it had already been approved by her publicist.
“Of course, we are aware that any news outlet has to take responsibility for what they publish, but this photo was previously approved by the agency, the photographer and your publicist,” the letter read.
The publishers went on to say that for this specific cover they used a picture from a 2013 session with photographer Ruven Afanador, which they got acquired through Corbis agency.
“Those who know and follow our magazine know that we do not use Photoshop or other digital tools to change the physique of the people featured on our cover or inside stories. In this case we just cut the original image to make it fit in our cover’s format,” the letter also said.
Dunham talks openly about struggles with her weight in her book 2014 book “Not That Kind of Girl.” She says food dominated her life and that her eating was so restricted that she ended up “in the hospital with crazy stomach pains. It was basically revealed that I’d been just drinking laxative tea and coffee and smoking cigarettes and then eating weird foods at weird hours. I really messed myself up,” she said during an interview with People magazine.
The actress has credited her positive body image to boyfriend Jack Antonoff, for being "incredibly supportive."
"I have sort of a Zen body philosophy, I'm sort of like: we're one weight one day, we're one weight another day, and some day our body just doesn't even exist at all! It's just a vessel I've been given to move through this life,” Dunham told Gothamist in January.
The editors from "El País" end their open letter in a friendly note, saying they admire the “Girls” actress’ fighting spirit and agree with her that altering body image is no the way to go.
“We are glad [to see] that you keep your rebellious spirit. Give us your address and we will send you our magazine every month for free so you can see that we like to reflect things as they are,” the letter ends.