I love Girls. I love Lena Dunham. I love that a young female writer has had such great success in creating a series that is respected by hipsters, hollywood, and corporate alike. And she has also managed to maintained creative control over her project; she is credited not only as actor, but as creator, director, writer, and co-executive producer/executive producer of the smash series.
My favourite thing about Hannah is all of the 'crazy' things she says as they're usually the same things that I've already thought once before and didn't have the guts to say out loud. She lacks a filter, and I respect her honesty. You too? Just me? Okay, moving on.
Lena Dunham looks perfectly fashionable on the cover of Vogue for the February issue. Alongside her character's "partner in life and love," Adam, Lena is beautiful and wears the designers very well. She also wears just the right amount of self-doubt — evident in her eyes — which makes her vulnerable, relatable, and loveable to all of her well established fans. Lena's resue dog, Lamby (who is already famous on his owner's Instagram) also makes his way into three of the five photographs that are featured in the editorial — lucky pup.
This may be Lena's first cover for Vogue, but it is not the first time that she has appeared in the magazine. She was interviewed in 1998, amongst a "New York pack of fashion-conscious kids," including cast mate and real-life best friend, Jemima Kirke. An 11-year-old Lena tells the Vogue reporter that her favourite designers are Helmut Lang, Jil Sander, and Manolo, whom she describes as "really classy." She reveals her dream of becoming a fashion designer herself, but admits that she finds it difficult to actually wear designer clothes, due to her meagre 5-dollar-a-week allowance (oh the trials of being a pre-teen!). Lena's trademark sophistication and candour are already evident at such a young age, reminding us that she really is a born-and-raised New Yorker (with all that entails and implies).
In a more recent interview with Marie Claire UK, Lena responded to rumours that Vogue editor, Anna Wintour was courting her for an upcoming cover, foreshadowing what was to come: "I'm not saying I am a great candidate for the cover of a fashion magazine, but I do love clothes. People are always surprised to hear that — they think I walk around in a washcloth or something." Journalists often feel the need to label Lena as having a 'real' or 'realistic' body and beauty — whatever that means. It is unfortunate that due to her appearance, she often has to explain or justify her love of fashion (FYI — not all fashion lovers look like Olivia Palermo — and thank goodness for that).
Lena's fashion dreams were sixteen years in the making — it is magical and fitting that the young girl who once fantasized about a fashionable future, is now gracing the cover of Vogue, not as a model or a designer, but as a successful actor, writer, and director/producer/creator. And it is credits such as these that remind us of why Lena is the inspiring and important person and role model that she is. And it has nothing to do with the way that she looks or doesn't look, but I think she looks pretty darn good.
Lucky for me, the US edition of Vogue does manage to make its way to Malta.