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Anna Wintour has finally given Lena Dunham the green light. The writer, director, actress and walking culture barometer will cover Vogue's February issue, the second in popularity and general girth after the September issue.
Though it's possible some critics will take the Kaling argument, the cover feels very Dunham and very Vogue at the same time. Also of note: She shares her first cover with Kate Upton's Super Bowl party. See the full image below.
Here are our favorite fashion quotes from feature:
1. Somebody please dig this up out of the archives and give it to the world:
Dunham's life has been in the limelight for a long time. When she first appeared in Vogue, in 1998, she was eleven. It was as part of a spread about "a New York pack of fashion-conscious kids"; she displayed a Helmut Lang–inspired shift she'd sewed herself, dropping confident pronouncements on the state of the late-nineties fashion industry. "I really like Jil Sander, but it's so expensive," she told Plum Sykes. "I find Calvin Klein really hard to respect because he's everywhere. I view him as a clothesmonger."
2. That time Zac Posen babysat her:
Some people have presumed that Dunham's sartorial palate is as unformed as her character's. It's not true. One of Dunham's babysitters was Zac Posen; he hand-made her a high school–graduation dress in the early 2000s, and still frequently sends her his latest creations. Her taste these days is both exacting and eclectic. Often she wears Erdem, Marni, Miu Miu, Peter Jensen. "I've always loved Comme des Garçons; I've always loved Yohji Yamamoto," she says. "I'm into Charlotte Olympia flats. I really love a Prada bag because they always have one weird detail that you didn't think about. I always wear J Brand jeans because the waist is high . . . a low-cut jean is a problematic thing for me."
3. On casual style choices:
In casual settings, she prefers bulky, playful necklaces—"like a kindergarten art teacher," she jokes—which she buys from artisans on Etsy.
4. On Howard Stern being inhuman:
After Howard Stern referred to her, last year, as a "little fat chick," Dunham told David Letterman she was delighted by the label; she joked that she wanted her gravestone to be, "like, 'She was a little fat chick, and she got it going!'
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