Time Out’s cover star Lena Dunham is best known for writing and starring in the hit HBO series ‘Girls’, penning a best-selling autobiography and directing the rawest of indie movies. But how did the 28-year-old New Yoiker become such a success? We break it down…
30% Awkward sex
Cringe-inducing bedroom scenes have become a bit of a trademark in Lena’s work. In her book, she talks of nearly losing her virginity, and ‘fishing a mint-coloured, never-used condom out from behind my dormitory bunk bed the next day’.
Yep: been there.
We like Lena’s tatts – especially the Yorkshire terrier on her ribcage, inked
by fellow ‘Girls’ star Jemima Kirke – but we really like how often we get to see them. Dunham’s taken the taboo out of on-screen nakedness, simply by having
so much of it.
If you think east London’s too hip to exist, you should try disappearing down the arts holes of New York’s trendiest borough. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Lena first got her hipster rep when she appeared in a 2003 New York Times article, having hosted a vegan dinner party for her school friends. Pass the quinoa!
20% Daring style
From head-to-toe canary yellow on the red carpet to nipple-flashing nu-rave gear on the telly, Lena ain’t no style wallflower. For us, nothing has quite topped last year’s Emmys appearance when Dunham arrived looking like a raspberry cupcake. A very delicious and cool raspberry cupcake, obviously.
25% Witty one-liners
Who could deny the comedy genius of someone who penned the sentence: ‘I was sure I had already broken my hymen in high school while crawling over a fence in Brooklyn in pursuit of a cat that didn’t want to be rescued.’
5% Carrie Bradshaw
A TV series about a New York writer with three gal pals that features loads of sex? Yes, in many ways ‘Girls’ is a lot like ‘Sex and the City’. But Lena’s character Hannah Horvath is so much more likeable than Carrie Bradshaw: wittier, smarter and without the means to afford $3,000 shoes.
Read our interview with Lena Dunham now.
Photo: Danielle Levitt. Studio: Industria Studios. Wardrobe: Jessica Bobince. Assistant: Emily Kirkpatrick. Hair: Rheanne White. Make-Up: Gianpaolo Ceciliato