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Why Can’t More Magazines Look Like Lena Dunham’s Vogue Cover?

By Wendy Rodewald-Sulz / January 15, 2014

 
Lena Dunham's Vogue cover is out, and we're super into it. In the photo shot by Annie Leibovitz, the Girls creator's grown out pixie cut is perfectly disheveled and her eye makeup is artfully smudged. But after the controversy that accompanied Mindy Kaling's similarly close cropped Elle cover recently (the issue's other covers showed skinnier stars in full length), we're expecting a backlash. Once again, a major magazine has chosen to crop a curvier star's body out of the photo.
 
Yes, it strikes us as rather size-ist to zoom way in on anyone who's larger than sample size, while using a full-length shot of celebrities with “perfect” bodies. But instead of reserving cover close-ups for women above a size 2, why don't magazines use this composition more often? It's so much more striking than yet another hand-on-hip, tight dress body shot, and you can see the makeup better, too. Obviously, we love when big beauty statements play a starring role.
 

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