Could 2017 be the year when unfiltered beauty becomes the new norm? It's already looking that way, at least if Glamour has anything to do with it. The magazine just revealed its February cover, which features the cast of Girls ahead of their final season—and more specifically, Lena Dunham's unretouched thighs.
It's just the leading image of an issue that champions women—in fact, only female staffers worked on its publication from start to finish. The groundbreaking cover certainly emphasizes that MO, starting with the fact that showing cellulite on a major fashion magazine is, well, groundbreaking. Isn't that ironic since more than 90% of women have cellulite?
Needless to say, the internet is applauding the mag's move, including Dunham herself. "Thank you to Glamour for letting my cellulite do the damn thing on newsstands everywhere today," she said in a touching Instagram post, expressing hope that one day, embracing one's natural beauty won't be considered "brave," but normal.
Okay, here goes: throughout my teens I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I was fucking funny looking. Potbelly, rabbit teeth, knock knees- I could never seem to get it right and it haunted my every move. I posed as the sassy confident one, secretly horrified and hurt by careless comments and hostility. Let's get something straight: I didn't hate what I looked like- I hated the culture that was telling me to hate it. When my career started, some people celebrated my look but always through the lens of "isn't she brave? Isn't it such a bold move to show THAT body on TV?" Then there were the legions of trolls who made high school teasing look like a damned joke with the violent threats they heaped on, the sickening insults that made me ache for teen girls like me who might be reading my comments. Well, today this body is on the cover of a magazine that millions of women will read, without photoshop, my thigh on full imperfect display. Whether you agree with my politics, like my show or connect to what I do, it doesn't matter- my body isn't fair game. No one's is, no matter their size, color, gender identity, and there's a place for us all in popular culture to be recognized as beautiful. Haters are gonna have to get more intellectual and creative with their disses in 2017 because none of us are going to be scared into muumuus by faceless basement dwellers, or cruel blogs, or even our partners and friends. Thank you to the women in Hollywood (and on Instagram!) leading the way, inspiring and normalizing the female form in EVERY form, and thank you to @glamourmag for letting my cellulite do the damn thing on news stands everywhere today ❤️ Love you all.