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'Girls' Creator Lena Dunham Poses for Playboy and Answers 20 Questions

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! March 14, 2013 at 4:02PM

On newsstands Friday, readers will find media habituée Lena Dunham posing and waxing dirty in Playboy's 20 questions, which usually features men. Dunham’s HBO series "Girls" is week after week the subject of controversy and speculation (yet also the topic of shrewd think-pieces such as this one in the L.A. Review of Books). Given that Dunham is challenging how our culture depicts male and female sexuality, Playboy is a great venue for continuing that dialogue.
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Lena Dunham in Playboy
Lena Dunham in Playboy

On newsstands Friday, readers will find media habituée and 'Modern Woman in Control' Lena Dunham posing and waxing dirty in Playboy's 20 questions, which usually features men. Dunham’s HBO series "Girls" is week after week the subject of controversy and speculation (yet also the topic of shrewd think-pieces such as this one in the L.A. Review of Books). Given that Dunham is challenging how our culture depicts male and female sexuality, Playboy is a great venue for continuing that dialogue.

The 26-year-old writer-producer-director-actress answers some probing questions from Playboy’s David Rensin about her series and its often cringe-inducing but honest portrayal of sexuality.

“My goal is to have a sexual verisimilitude that has heretofore not been seen on television,” she tells Playboy. “I felt that the depictions of sex I had seen on television weren’t totally fair to young women trying to wrap their brains around this stuff. I didn’t do it to be provocative. I did it to be educational.”

In "Girls," Dunham is frequently seen completely nude, though this is not so in Playboy. Instead, she’s holding up an “I Posed Today” t-shirt.

“I don’t want to go through life wondering if people are talking to me because I have a big rack,” she says in the interview. “Not being the babest person in the world creates a nice barrier.”


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