Lena Dunham Rips Jezebel for Publishing Vogue Photos That Weren’t Touched Up

February 20, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Lena Dunham has ripped Jezebel for publishing her unretouched up Vogue photos, calling it “messed up” and “gross.”

“I think Jezebel is really smart and funny, I think it’s just like once you’ve been attacked that way it’s hard to enjoy,” she said in an interview with Bill Simmons. “It’s hard to enjoy once you feel like they’ve made such a monumental error in their approach to feminism.”

“I like Jezebel, by the way,” Simmons acknowledged.

“Do you?!” Dunham asked incredulously.

“I didn’t like what they did to you,” Simmons backtracked.

“It felt gross,” Dunham said. 

The women-oriented blog offered $10,000 for unretouched images from the shoot Dunham had with Annie Leibovitz and later published before and after shots.

Jezebel editor Jessica Coen argued that the photos helped in criticism of the fashion world, showing that “Vogue is not interested in reality,” and that “the photographs are meant to be fantasy, art.”

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