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Vogue visits with Girls' Dunham

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Girls visionary and hipster royal Lena Dunham is officially in the big time.

Yep, she's landed the cover of Vogue and a fashion-forward photo spread to match alongside her co-star Adam Driver.

And, if you think she's as uninterested in fashion as her small-screen alter ego, Hanna Horvath, it's just not so. "I've always loved Comme des Garcons; I've always loved Yohji Yamamoto. 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."

Dunham, who's built her career on oversharing, opens up about style, sex and more in the February issue of the fashion bible, on newsstands Jan. 28.

On the show's unglam portrayals of sex: "There was a sense that I and many women I knew had been led astray by Hollywood and television depictions of sexuality. Seeing somebody who looks like you having sex on television is a less comfortable experience than seeing somebody who looks like nobody you've ever met."

On backlash to her sex scenes with Patrick Wilson: "Critics said, 'That guy wouldn't date that girl!'... "It's like, 'Have you been out on the street lately?' Everyone dates everyone, for lots of reasons we can't understand. Sexuality isn't a perfect puzzle, like, 'He has a nice nose and she has a nice nose! She's got great breasts and he's got great calves! And so they're going to live happily ever after in a house that was purchased with their modelling money!' It's a complicated thing. I want people ultimately, even if they're disturbed by certain moments, to feel bolstered and normalized by the sex that's on the show."

On whether she can still relate to Hannah's struggles: "I still go to a party and say something embarrassing to someone, and then write them a weird email about it the next day, and then write them a text because I think they didn't get the email. No matter what happens with your level of success, you still have to deal with all the baggage that is yourself."

 

-- USA Today

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 18, 2014 D13

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