Lena Dunham is on the cover of Nylon magazine's February 2017 edition sporting a hot pink raincoat, nonchalant (Photoshop-free) glance and the unapologetic, if not timely words, "Nasty as she wanna be."
It was only last week that we saw Dunham and her 'Girls' co-stars front Glamour magazine completely unretouched and if this cover and photoshoot is anything to go by, it looks as though a precedent has been set for 2017. And it couldn't look brighter.
In Nylon's interview, Dunham opened up about being a target of the alt-right, her contentment with growing older (she recently turned 30) and the departure of her HBO show, 'Girls', revealing in the future, she'd steer away from a show that centered on four white women.
"I wouldn't do another show that starred four white girls," Dunham, who plays Hannah Horvath, acknowledges. "That being said, when I wrote the pilot I was 23. Each character was an extension of me. I thought I was doing the right thing. I was not trying to write the experience of somebody I didn't know, and not trying to stick a black girl in without understanding the nuance of what her experience of hipster Brooklyn was."
On Thursday, Dunham thanked Nylon for championing the female body by posting this message to Instagram.
"For the first time in my career, posing for pictures feels honest and joyful. Maybe that's being 30. Maybe that's demanding to be seen for who I am, teensy stomach moles on pale rounded stomach and all," Dunham wrote.
The full post below.
For the first time in my career, posing for pictures feels honest and joyful. Maybe that's being 30. Maybe that's demanding to be seen for who I am, teensy stomach moles on pale rounded stomach and all. Thank you beloved @nylonmag for introducing me to so much style and content over the years, and for embracing me in my totality on your cover. I'm feeling v blessed and highly favored- link to story in bio 👅
The Not That Kind Of Girl author posted two more images including a nod to the Pulp Fiction character, 'Fabienne' by way of an Instagram caption that recounts her famous 'pot belly' discussion with 'Butch.'
Dunham has always made a point of normalising the female form, and doing so in a fashion that references Pulp Fiction, well, that's just gold.
Fabienne: I was looking at myself in the mirror. Butch: Uh-huh? Fabienne: I wish I had a pot. Butch: You were lookin' in the mirror and you wish you had some pot? Fabienne: A pot. A pot belly. Pot bellies are sexy. Butch: Well you should be happy, 'cause you do. Fabienne: Shut up, Fatso! I don't have a pot! I have a bit of a tummy, like Madonna when she did "Lucky Star," it's not the same thing. Butch: I didn't realize there was a difference between a tummy and a pot belly. Fabienne: The difference is huge. Butch: You want me to have a pot? Fabienne: No. Pot bellies make a man look either oafish, or like a gorilla. But on a woman, a pot belly is very sexy. The rest of you is normal. Normal face, normal legs, normal hips, normal ass, but with a big, perfectly round pot belly. If I had one, I'd wear a tee-shirt two sizes too small to accentuate it. Butch: You think guys would find that attractive? Fabienne: I don't give a damn what men find attractive. It's unfortunate what we find pleasing to the touch and pleasing to the eye is seldom the same. -Pulp Fiction
Dunham described 'Girls' ending as a new era in which "we as public women are going to have to fight harder than we ever have before, is a really interesting, complicated moment."
As for what we can expect from the final season?
"We wrote in a climate where we were thinking a lot about this election, and the election was heating up as we shot the show, and that energy for sure made its way into how we tackled topics. I don't mean to be demurring, but there are some big female issues, more than maybe ever before," Dunham said.
We say: Bring. It. On.