Fashion

01.15.14

Lena Dunham Covers 'Vogue'

The 'Girls' actress and writer stars in the magazine's February issue, shot by Annie Leibovitz.

Following months of speculation, Lena Dunham has finally gone Vogue.

The jack-of-all-trades actress stars on the magazine's Feburary cover, shot by Annie Leibovitz, which dubs Dunham "The New Queen of Comedy." On the cover, she sports a Twiggy-inspired look featuring heavy eye make-up, a sleek pixie cut, and a buttoned-up, red-and-white polka dot Burberry Prorsum shirt from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection. In the spread, Dunham dons a variety of high-fashion looks, from the feather-duster style Rochas flats that walked down last season's runway, to a black and white Alexander McQueen feather dress.

In the piece, Dunham opens up to writer Nathan Heller about her own insecurities, her writing process, and her style evolution. (Designer Zac Posen — whom she just wore to the Golden Globes — was her babysitter, and even created a custom dress for her high school graduation.)

Surprisingly, this is not her first appearance in the fashion glossy. In 1998, 11-year-old Dunham appeared in a spread about "a New York pack of fashion-conscious kids," where she talked to writer Plum Sykes about her fashion taste. "I really like Jil Sander, but it's so expensive," she said. "I find Calvin Klein really hard to respect because he's everywhere. I view him as a clothesmonger." It was during this time that Dunham met a braces-clad Jemima Kirke (now her Girls co-star and best friend), who was also featured in the piece. 

Yet despite all of the attention Dunham receives — she is no stranger to both positive and negative press — she assures Heller that she still feels more comfortable in her modest Brooklyn Heights apartment than in Hollywood. "I went early on to a party at a really famous person's house," she said. "They had a private chef there making pizza, and I remember the dog was wearing a bow tie... It was such a weird scene. I remember thinking, I don't feel at home here, and no matter how long this is my job, I will never feel at home here. And if I do start to feel at home here, someone should really worry about me." [Vogue]