Lena Dunham is not interested in blurring imperfections. That's why, in her newsletter Lenny, she published an essay by Alicia Keys about the power of eschewing makeup entirely. It's also why she champions models like Ashley Graham, who refuse to succumb to body shaming. And—one could argue—it's why she appears naked or skimpily clad so often on Girls.
So when Lena posed for a lingerie shoot for the New Zealand brand Lonely Lingerie, she toed the party line. The company is known for publishing photos that accept women as is, and not adding rigorous retouching. (Ahem, Victoria's Secret.)
To back up a bit, the actress and writer posted a little fan letter to the brand on her Instagram account about a year ago. "Love my @lonelylingerie and I think I will wear it to dinner with some boots & a smile because we are all very lucky to be free," she captioned the snap. Some so-kind commenters posted insightful comments such as "yuck," but that didn't stop Lonely from tapping Lena and pal Jemima Kirke to be its newest models.
The newly released photos show the girls (er, Girls) posing casually in lingerie, taking over domestic settings such as a bathroom and a bedroom. And though haters gonna hate, it seems that people are digging the positive, down-to-earth message of the campaign. "This is amazing. Love your brand, your lingerie and the idea you have created with this campaign," one commenter wrote. Amen to that. There's definitely a place for Angels in this world, but there's a place for down-to-earth, mere mortals too.
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