Lena Dunham has been crowned “The New Queen of Comedy” by Vogue.
The creator and star of Girls appears on the cover of the fashion magazine’s February issue, which hits newsstands on January 28.
“Since Girls launched in 2012, the 27-year-old Dunham has become to comic television roughly what Bob Dylan was to sixties folk,” writes Nathan Heller, who later calls the actress “a model of industry.” Heller shadowed Dunham on the set of her HBO show during filming of season three and later visited her Brooklyn Heights apartment, which he describes as “concertedly unostentatious.”
The cover story also addresses the way Girls confronts the issue of sexuality and, by extension, nudity. It’s a topic that caused the show’s producers to go into a ‘rage spiral’ after a journalist asked Dunham why her character “is often naked at random times for no reason” during a panel at Television Critics Association press tour last week. Zosia Mamet — who plays the youngest member of the Girls foursome — tells Heller of Dunham’s nude scenes; “She’s not being naked just for the sake of being naked.”
Rumors of a Dunham Vogue cover have been circulating since last fall, but this isn’t her first appearance in the fashion monthly.
In 1998, a then eleven year-old Dunham made her Vogue debut as part of a fashion spread about “a New York pack of fashion-conscious kids.” Among her musings on late-nineties designers; “I really like Jil Sander, but it’s so expensive,” and “I find Calvin Klein really hard to respect because he’s everywhere. I view him as a clothesmonger.”
Accompanying the February cover story is a series of highly stylized photographs — shot by Annie Leibovitz — of Dunham posing with Girls co-star Adam Driver — who plays Hannah’s brooding, intense boyfriend Adam — and Dunham’s rescue dog, Lamby. Dunham, whose red carpet looks often provide an easy target for fashion critics, looks chic in pieces like an embellished silk strapless dress from Prada, a brushstroke-print wrap coat from Celine, and yellow feather flats from Rochas.
See the photos and read more from Dunham’s cover story at vogue.com.