It had long been rumored that Lena Dunham was going to be on the cover of Vogue, and with the magazine’s February 2014 issue, this has become a reality. Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz shot the photo series, which has the Girls creator and actress taking over New York City and engaging in moments of quirky intimacy in typical Lena Dunham style.
Dunham has been writing and acting in the entertainment industry for years, but she wasn’t as well known until a couple of years ago when HBO’s Girls began airing. Since then, she has been hailed as the voice of today’s generation, showing the insecurities and anxieties of living the life of a millennial. Dunham has also received praise for representing the so-called “average” people in an industry obsessed with thinness.
Though Wintour has historically been fairly blunt about her preferences for ongoing industry standards (having once asked Oprah Winfrey to shed weight for a cover), she was completely on board for Dunham’s participation with this issue. “Lena is a strong, confident woman who charts her own path, and that, to my mind, makes her an inspiring role model,” Wintour said in a New York Post interview.”[She’s] the perfect cover for our February issue.”
Looking particularly Twiggy-like, Leibovitz shoots Dunham wearing a polka dot Burberry Prorsum shirt on the cover, a quirky high-collar feather dress with a pigeon standing on her head, and a Céline multicolor wrap coat at a subway station. The actress was also joined by her co-star Adam Driver for a few shots; she sits on his shoulders in the Flatiron District wearing a Rochas top, tulle skirt, and yellow feather flats, lies with him and a dog on a bed donning a Prada dress, and accompanies him in a Dolce & Gabbana dress as he takes a bath. Check them out below.
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Photos via Vogue