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Lena Dunham and Hamish Bowles in a Vogue Short

As you may have heard, Lena Dunham recently took some time out of her stacked schedule to appear on the cover of Vogue. As is the magazine’s custom with women who weigh more than a hanger and call comedy into their line of work, the spread lacks any semblance of effort, though the article is worth a read.

A couple days ago, Vogue released a supplementary short, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, that plays up this indulgent image of Dunham as a clumsy thing, lost in the world of high fashion. The sitch is this: Dunham is so nervous the night before her shoot, Hamish Bowles must pay her a house call and offer some choreographed tips, inspired from Vogue covers past. Cute as it may be, I wonder why the media is so averse to showcasing one of the hardest working success stories in the business as herself, and not her helpless, on-screen proxy.

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