"Girls" creator and actress Lena Dunham has landed her first Vogue cover and talks about the HBO show's sex scenes in an interview with the prestigious fashion magazine, which dubs her the "new queen of comedy" and the "hardest-working millennial in show business."
The 27-year-old actress and writer sports smoky eye makeup and a white and red polka dot top in a photo shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. Dunham, who often gets naked on "Girls," talks about the show's sex scenes with Vogue in an interview published in the magazine's February 2014 issue and posted online on Jan. 15.
"There was a sense that I and many women I knew had been led astray by Hollywood and television depictions of sexuality," Dunham told Vogue. "Seeing somebody who looks like you having sex on television is a less comfortable experience than seeing somebody who looks like nobody you've ever met."
"She's not being naked just for the sake of being naked," Zosia Mamet, who plays Hannah's equally as neurotic friend Shoshana, told the magazine about Dunham.
Last week, at a Television Critics Association event showcasing "Girls," the actress defending the use of nudity on the show, saying: "It's a realistic expression of what it's like to be alive."
"It's a complicated thing," she told Vogue. I want people ultimately, even if they're disturbed by certain moments, to feel bolstered and normalized by the sex that's on the show."
Dunham is the daughter of painter Carroll Dunham and designer and photographer Laurie Simmons and told Vogue in 1998, at age 11, that she wanted to become a fashion designer. She wrote and starred in independent films and shorts and also had a small role in the 2011 miniseries "Mildred Pierce" before "Girls" premiered in 2012 and became a hit for HBO.
"Girls" has been renewed for a fourth season. Vogue reported that Dunham and executive producer Jenni Konner are "thinking, vaguely, of a terminus in the next three years," and that when it comes to the characters, who are in their 20s, the actress and writer has "no interest" in "marrying them off or seeing their children."
Season 3 premiered on Sunday, the same day as the 2014 Golden Globes. The actress was nominated for Best Actress In A Comedy Series for her role as Hannah, a neurotic young New York aspiring novelist. She won the award in 2013, while "Girls" won Best Television Series - Comedy that year.
Watch a video of Lena Dunham posing on the red carpet at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards below.