Lena Dunham has joked she studied “candids of Anna Nicole Smith” for her Vogue cover.
The 27-year-old actress appears on the front of the iconic magazine’s latest issue wearing a white blouse with red polka dots. In the photo she gazes into the camera with an anxious look, one hand tugging at her collar as the other is pressed up to her forehead.
In a humorous video shot in her Girls character Hannah Horvath’s bedroom Lena is seen panicking about how to pose for the important shoot.
After pulling a number of funny faces in the mirror she turns to her phone to call Vogue’s international editor-at-large Hamish Bowles for some much needed advice.
“Hey, it’s me!” she exclaims when he answers the phone. “Can you talk right now? I’m just feeling a little nervous about tomorrow. The cover shoot is happening tomorrow and I don’t know how to pose.”
Hamish quickly rushes over to her aid and asks a worried Lena what her inspiration has been, to which she gives a hilarious and naïve answer.
“The usual. Candids of Anna Nicole Smith, an image of Elisha Cuthbert from Complex Men. And a Maxim cover from Pakistan,” she smiles.
As the pair start going through past iconic covers, such as Kate Moss and Twiggy, Hamish can’t help but let a giggle slip out at Lena’s bizarre facial expressions.
Lena’s appearance in the magazine has triggered mixed reactions, with people claiming she was heavily airbrushed for the final photos.
Speaking to slate.com the quirky star shared her thoughts on the cover.
“I understand that for people there is a contradiction between what I do and being on the cover of Vogue; but frankly I really don’t know what the photoshopping situation is, I can’t look at myself really objectively in that way,” she explained.
“I know that I felt really like Vogue supported me and wanted to put a depiction of me on the cover. I never felt bullied into anything; I felt really happy because they dressed me and styled me in a way that really reflects who I am. And I felt that was very lucky and that all the editors understood my persona, my creativity and who I am. I haven’t been keeping track of all the reactions, but I know some people have been very angry about the cover and that confuses me a little.”