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Jezebel's offer of $10,000 for Lena Dunham's
head un-photoshopped Vogue pictures was the bounty heard round the internet yesterday. Today the women's issues site published the images to reveal that they weren't that retouched—and that the pigeon on Lena's head was a stock pigeon. Obviously Jezebel's point is that any retouching is negative for women, or in author and site editor Jessica Coen's own words, "In the end, while Dunham's images were not drastically altered, it's important to remember how unforgiving the media is when it comes to images of women. Men are generally allowed to have pores and wrinkles; women are supposed to be perfect'—a state that does not exist."
They've watermarked the images, which they paid 10 grand for so go make those pageviews happen for them here. The skewering the site has received on Twitter and in their own active comments section is pretty vehement, but Lena herself has chosen not to engage. Check out some of the comments below.
Sure we could look at the untouched photos of Lena Dunham, or we could buy the magazine and prove covers with talented, creative women sell.— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) January 17, 2014
i can't believe 10 thousand dollars went to that shitshow do you know how many people could have been actually helped with that guap? gross— Arabelle Sicardi (@fashionpirate) January 17, 2014
Believe me when I tell you the Jezebel linkbait with the Lena Dunham photos is the opposite of the phrase "worth your time"— Andrea Grimes (@andreagrimes) January 17, 2014
hey jezebel im sure the page views will allow you to sleep soundly tonight but I do hope that Lena is Freddie Krueger in your dreams— hounds of meagan (@latter_Style) January 17, 2014
These unretouched Lena Dunham photos are insane pic.twitter.com/o3j5hLbXhu— Joel Pavelski (@joelcifer) January 17, 2014