Here’s How Lena Dunham Learned How To Pose For ‘Vogue’

Lena Dunham practice for ’Vogue.’

So, you’ve landed your first Vogue cover. Who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! Wait, that’s not right. If you’re Lena Dunham, you call Hamish Bowles, the international editor-at-large for the magazine, of course. And what do you wear when Bowles arrives? Perhaps your white, collarless shirt from Fred Segal? After all, it IS your most capable-looking outfit. JK, scratch that, too. If you’re Lena Dunham, you wear your silky white pajamas with piped black trim. Because it’s about comfort, not capability. Save the stiff shirts for the actual shoot, amirite?

Lena and Hamish work some poses out.

In a newly released video from Vogue, Dunham, who frantically realizes the night before the shoot that she doesn’t know how to pose, reaches Bowles while he’s “in the middle of a dinner party.” (No doubt VERY fancy and VERY important.) Luckily, he’s willing to bail for the Girls star, and rushes over in a full-on tuxedo to teach her a thing or two about WERKING it out for the camera. *cue RuPaul’s “Supermodel“* When he asks her what she’s been looking at for inspiration, Dunham replies, “Candids of Anna Nicole Smith, images of Elisha Cuthbert from Complex Men, and a Maxim cover from Pakistan.” As you do when you’re about to be on the cover of a fashion bible. NOT.

Bowles instead directs her attention to the legends, like Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Twiggy, and Shalom Harlow. The best and the brightest, ’natch. Then, in what one day may be considered the most high-fashion mnemonic ever attempted, the duo turns a series of iconic poses into a short dance routine so Lena can find her own pose. If you’ve seen the final cover, you know that she did more than find it—she nailed it! But now we know exactly where it came from. Watch the whole video, shot by Catfish directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, below!


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