There’s no denying it: Lena Dunham is a force for womankind. She gets us. Read this sneak peek of her cover interview and let the 27-year-old creator and star of HBO’s Girls change how you feel about love, friendship, your body…your life. Plus, watch Lena deconstruct her hilarious tweets in our cover video. To read the complete story, and see all the photos from her cover-shoot, pick up the April issue of Glamour on newsstands March 18 or subscribe now for instant access to the digital edition.
Lena Dunham on the April 2014 Cover of Glamour
Dress, Rag & Bone.
Lena on beginning to date her boyfriend Jack Antonoff right after Girls debuted…
“The dialogue around the show already existed, so it was sort of clear to him what the baggage of dating me was going to be. I remember talking with him on our first date and him being like, ‘God, all the articles about your nudity on the show are such bullsh-t.’ It’s funny, ’cause in some ways that’s the conversation we still have when I’m upset [about stuff I read].”
Dress, Prada; bangle, Georg Jensen, $235.
Lena on her beauty point of view…
“I feel prettier with a naked face and ChapStick. But a good haircut makes a huge difference.”
Dolce & Gabbana dress; Marni belt, $230
Lena on acting in the future…
“I don’t know if I’m going to want to act anymore. I’m always relieved on the days I don’t have to. I’d rather give parts to other women than be the woman having the parts.”
Miu Miu coat, skirt; Vince T-shirt, customized by Glamour; Prabal Gurung for Chrishabana ear cuffs; Slane ring, $290.
Lena on her artistic choices on Girls…
“I want you to feel like you are getting lost with these characters. So I write long scenes. TV feels the least like life when it’s like two seconds here, then ‘meanwhile at this person’s house.’ I wanted to make a show that wasn’t as bright as other shows…I’ve always been incredibly attracted to pictures of my parents [the artists Laurie Simmons and Carroll Dunham] in the 1970s. That aged photograph palette seems to give an importance to their twenties. So I was like, I’d like to make something that shows my twenties through that beautiful soft-focus lens. Also, I get very fetishistic when I’m shooting the girls—especially Jemima.”
Celine coat; Delfina Delettrez earring, $560; Lodis belts, $28-$31 each.