- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 3, 2016

Actress and activist Lena Dunham has walked back criticism of a Spanish magazine after falsely accusing it of Photoshopping a front-cover image of her.

The “Girls” star published the cover of Tentaciones, a monthly supplement of the El Pais newspaper, to her 2.4 million followers on Instagram Monday, complaining that editors altered an image of her taken by Ruven Afanador for Entertainment Weekly back in 2012, The Guardian reported.

“Oh hello El Pais! I am genuinely honored to be on your cover and so happy you licensed a pic by@ruvenafanador, who always makes me feel gorgeous,” Ms. Dunham, 29, wrote. “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.”

In an open letter Tuesday published on the El Pais website, Tentaciones denied retouching the image and said it was only cropped.

“Of course, we are aware that any media outlet needs to be responsible for what it publishes, but this photo was previously approved by the agency, the photographer and your publicist … we used the original that they sent us without applying any kind of retouching,” the magazine said. “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.”

Ms. Dunham responded on Instagram shortly afterwards, thanking the magazine for “being so good-natured about my request for accuracy.”

“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.”

A spokesman for Prisa, which publishes El Pais and Tentaciones, told Guardian Australia that it appreciated Ms. Dunham’s “lovely response” on Instagram.

“Looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship, doesn’t it?” the spokesman reportedly said.

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