Before and after airbrushing: Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham is famous for her "real" body but the realities of her figure were too much for Vogue, who chose to Photoshop her into faux perfection instead.
Lena Dunham marked up for retouching, courtesy of Jezebel.

The Girls star appears on the cover of this month’s US Vogue, but her flawless appearance had many of her fans asking questions.

Now, the unretouched images have been published, showing just how much the star was slimmed, smoothed, nipped and tucked to be deemed fit for display in the fashion bible’s pages.

Feminist blog Jezebel offered $10,000 for the unaltered images and received them in less than two hours.

They then combined the before and after shots and published them to display how Lena’s body was changed.

“It’s interesting that (photographer) Anne Leibovitz and editor-in-chief Anna Wintour felt that they needed to ‘fix’ before pictures of Lena could be presented to readers,” Jezebel’s Jessica Coen wrote.

“It’s clearer than ever what kind of women Vogue finds Vogue-worthy: The taller, longer-limbed, svelter version of reality.”

Lena Dunham in Vogue, before and after retouching. Image courtesy of Jezebel.

Lena Dunham’s Vogue cover, before and after retouching.

Lena Dunham’s Vogue shoot, before and after Photoshop.

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