Just as all the rumors stated, Lena Dunham has landed her first Vogue cover. Lena will be covering the February issue of the magazine as the ‘New Queen of Comedy‘. The cover was photographed by Annie Leibovitz, and of course, it’s an upper body shot. I mean, it’s Anna Wintour – you’d think she’d allow a cover of Vogue where a normal woman’s curves can be seen? Heck, even Jennifer Lawrence didn’t get a body shot for her Vogue cover, Lena Dunham never had a chance.
Anyway, in the accompanying article, Lena is dubbed, ‘the hardest-working millennial in show business.’ Lena goes into detail about why she prefers New York to Los Angeles, explaining, “I like Los Angeles, but more than two weeks and I start to get a very sad feeling. You eat well there, and you take hikes, and my dog loves it, but ultimately it’s not the right place for me.”
Of course, Lena also deals with some of the more controversial story choices in Girls, especially where her character ended up dating Patrick Wilson‘s character. A lot of people were outraged by this [because they’re idiots], since Lena was apparently not good-looking enough for Patrick Wilson. Lena hits back at the criticism, saying, “Critics said, ‘That guy wouldn’t date that girl!’ It’s like, ‘Have you been out on the street lately?’ Everyone dates everyone, for lots of reasons we can’t understand. Sexuality isn’t a perfect puzzle.”
Well, she’s certainly right. Although Girls has both passionate fans and passionate detractors, it doesn’t shy away from portraying reality, even if it does get sanctimonious and self-indulgent at times. But even then, whether you’re a fan of the show or not, it’s impressive that Lena Dunham has managed to capture a generation’s zeitgeist in such a small span of time – and heck, it’s even more impressive that Anna allowed her on the cover of Vogue. Sure, she did it to grab the Girls fanbase, which seems to consist of mostly young, college-aged white girls, but it’s still a bold move for Vogue.
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