Lena Dunham recently shared Glamour US's January 2017 cover on Instagram of her alongside her Girls co-stars. Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet and Dunham are seen dressed in Marc Jacobs displaying their ever-distinctive nonchalant attitude.
Yet people are not talking on Twitter about this cover because of the undeniable unwearability of those Gaga-esque heels. No. Dunham's cellulite thigh has caught people's eye.
Dunham took to Instagram to thank Glamour for leaving her thigh unretouched, saying:
Okay, here goes: throughout my teens I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I was fucking funny looking. Potbelly, rabbit teeth, knock knees- I could never seem to get it right and it haunted my every move. I posed as the sassy confident one, secretly horrified and hurt by careless comments and hostility. Let's get something straight: I didn't hate what I looked like- I hated the culture that was telling me to hate it. When my career started, some people celebrated my look but always through the lens of "isn't she brave? Isn't it such a bold move to show THAT body on TV?" Then there were the legions of trolls who made high school teasing look like a damned joke with the violent threats they heaped on, the sickening insults that made me ache for teen girls like me who might be reading my comments. Well, today this body is on the cover of a magazine that millions of women will read, without photoshop, my thigh on full imperfect display. Whether you agree with my politics, like my show or connect to what I do, it doesn't matter- my body isn't fair game. No one's is, no matter their size, color, gender identity, and there's a place for us all in popular culture to be recognized as beautiful. Haters are gonna have to get more intellectual and creative with their disses in 2017 because none of us are going to be scared into muumuus by faceless basement dwellers, or cruel blogs, or even our partners and friends. Thank you to the women in Hollywood (and on Instagram!) leading the way, inspiring and normalizing the female form in EVERY form, and thank you to @glamourmag for letting my cellulite do the damn thing on news stands everywhere today ?? Love you all.
One would think that in 2017 an act like leaving a woman's leg in it's "imperfectly normal" state would not be something out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, as ManRepeller.com notes, cellulite has become an endangered species in the magazine world.
This particular issue of Glamour was produced 100% by women. Yes this is great. Yet often when we blame the "magazine industry" or "women's magazines" for retouching and creating unattainable body ideals, we fail to see that these principles are often set by women. Women make up the majority of women's magazine editorial and art teams.
This means, women are
part of the problem, a problem created by the male gaze that has been formed over time and within patriarchal systems that objectify women. So in order to achieve a massive shift in our thinking, we first need to acknowledge that the problem, the way we as women see women, needs to change.