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Jezebel Offers $10K for Unretouched Lena Dunham Photos to Prove… Something

As you know, Lena Dunham graced the cover of the latest Vogue. The photos, taken by Annie Leibowitz, were undoubtedly photoshopped a bit. That’s nothing new; Vogue retouches photos. So does pretty much every other magazine. Yet Jezebel wants to prove something about Vogue and photoshopping by offering $10,000 to anyone who will send the site the unretouched Dunham photos.

Here is Jezebel’s explanation for the cash offering:

This is about Vogue, and what Vogue decides to do with a specific woman who has very publicly stated that she’s fine just the way she is, and the world needs to get on board with that. Just how resistant is Vogue to that idea? Unaltered images will tell.

Except this isn’t about Vogue. It’s about Jezebel. It’s about using a bullshit cause to cover up an extremely juvenile idea. The fake cause: “Showing the public what Vogue really does!” The real idea: “Hey, we’d get a ton of hits if we post unaltered pics of Dunham!”

Everyone knows Dunham was retouched. So what. And what, exactly, does publishing the unretouched versions prove? Nothing! Aside from the fact that Jezebel will go to any lengths for page views. Even bashing a woman who seems to stand for the exact values the site acts like it supports.

Lena Dunham’s Vogue Cover is Here

Well, the Vogue cover featuring Lena Dunham is here. How does it make you feel? Good? Bad?

What are you thinking? That her apprehensive pose annoys you? Or are you more concerned with how mad Kanye West is right now?

You have to have an opinion about this. YOU HAVE TO.

Cover Battle: Outside or Vogue

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Outside taking on Vogue. For its February cover, Outside featured Julia Mancuso, an Olympic alpine ski racer. Take a look at that amazing suit. If Mancuso doesn’t wear that thing everywhere — like to the grocery store, walking a dog, everywhere — she’s making a big mistake.

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Lena Dunham to Grace Vogue Cover

The Lena Dunham Express’ next stop is the cover of Vogue. According to The New York Post, Vogue is dedicating its February issue to Dunham’s hit show Girls, and Dunham will appear on the cover.

This is bad news (or maybe good news?) for the many Dunham haters out there, like Gawker. Nothing like gracing the cover of one of the world’s most popular magazines to stoke the flames of irrational hatred. For the record, FishbowlNY is not exactly a fan of Dunham either — her false modesty act is beyond aggravating — but there are plenty of people way worse than her. Like Pitbull. Or Johnny Depp.

Dunham appears ready for the comments her Vogue cover is bound to bring. She told the Post, “We live in a culture that really comes down on people for inconsistencies, and everyone is waiting for the next news story. So you do have to be careful, but you also just kind of have to be impervious.”

Kate Moss Joins Vogue as Contributing Editor

Kate Moss GKate Moss — yes that Kate Moss — is joining British Vogue as a contributing fashion editor. WWD reports that Moss will work with Vogue’s stylists and have her choice of photographers and models.

British Vogue’s editor, Alexandra Shulman, told WWD that Moss was a natural addition to the editorial team, explaining that her “depth of fashion knowledge and understanding of what makes a wonderful image will be exciting to see.” Moss’ first piece is set to debut next spring.

We honestly have no concept of Moss aside from “That skinny model known for looking like she loved heroin,” so we’re going to withhold judgement here.

Meredith Melling Burke Leaves Vogue

Meredith Melling Burke is leaving Vogue. WWD reports that Burke, a senior markets editor who has been with the magazine since 1997, is leaving to start a new venture with Valerie Boster, Vogue’s bookings editor. No word on what, exactly, the new company will be.

In related Vogue news, Cynthia Smith and Kelly Connor have both been promoted to market editor.

Instead of a replacement for Burke, other staffers —including Smith and Conner — will take up her duties. Boster will be succeeded by Helena Suric. She most recently worked at DNA Models.

Elissa Santisi Leaves Vogue for Harper’s Bazaar

Elissa Santisi is joining Harper’s Bazaar as a contributing senior fashion editor. Santisi comes to the magazine from Vogue, where she had been since 1998.

This is actually a return to Harper’s Bazaar for Santisi, as she served as the title’s senior fashion editor from 1993 to 1998, when she left to become Vogue’s style director.

“Elissa’s creativity will enhance our mission to inform and inspire, and I’m thrilled to welcome her to the Harper’s Bazaar team,” said Glenda Bailey, Harper’s Bazaar’s editor-in-chief.

Santisi starts at Harper’s Bazaar tomorrow.

Simon Doonan: Anna Wintour is ‘This Incredibly Impressive Figure’

Simon Doonan is Barney’s creative ambassador-at-large and has been involved in the fashion world for over 30 years. The man knows things. And in an interview with The New Republic, Doonan showcases his smarts when asked about Anna Wintour, who happens to carry a bit of weight in the fashion industry. Doonan went ahead and offered as much praise as possible:

I see Anna Wintour as being a very heroic figure because she has taken on a leadership role in the fashion universe that is vastly much bigger than it was when she and I and the people of our generation began our careers in fashion. She’s created this role and she inhabits it amazingly.

An amazing hero!

That would seem to be plenty of ass kissing, but why stop there? Doonan added that “The idea of her as a coat-flinging tyrant is not accurate at all,” and said Wintour was “This incredibly impressive figure.” Yes, of course she is.

Buying Everything Offered in Harper’s Bazaar Would Cost $438,000

As we mentioned this morning, magazines love to sell you products. The Huffington Post conducted some research into this by examining eight September issues of popular fashion magazines. HuffPost found that if you bought everything offered in the latest Harper’s Bazaar, you’d end up shelling out $438,018. So please don’t do that.

Magazines considered for the report included Cosmo, Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky, Marie Claire, Elle, Vogue, InStyle and Glamour. Here are some highlights:

Most Products Offered: InStyle, with 440 items

Fewest Products Offered: Vogue, with 59 items

Highest Average Cost of Products: Vogue, at an average of $4,375 a piece

Lowest Average Cost of Products: Cosmo, at an average of $157 a piece

Here is Anna Wintour Reading Vogue

Your meta post of the day: Anna Wintour reading Vogue’s September issue.

Of course she reads with her sunglasses on. Don’t you?

[Image: Vogue Instagram]

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