The February issue of Glamour doesn’t feature any Photoshop.
Check out what cover star Lena Dunham had to say about her feature in the mag:
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.
Moreover, every person hired or commissioned to work on the issue was a woman. In an email to USA Today, editor-in-chief Cindy Leive explained that she wants the magazine to “not just talk the talk about female empowerment, but that we also walk the walk,” which meant hiring women for February’s “photographers, stylists, hair, makeup, everything.”
The decision was made after Leive realized that Glamour was calling out gender equality while 37% of the photographers for the print pages during the fall were women and only 32% of the featured hairstylists were.
The female contributors who were hired were given the opportunity to do whatever they wanted, though, which meant that male-helmed design houses were still featured. On the cover, Girls‘ Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke are all wearing designs by Marc Jacobs.
Taking a stand against the rampant photo editing in the beauty industry has been growing in popularity over the last few years. Celebrities like Kerry Washington and Keira Knightley have fought back against the unrealistic body expectations altered photos of them present to women, so Glamour joining the fight started by the sort of stars that regularly grace its pages just makes sense.
The February issue is on stands now.
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