In a fitting and long overdue move, Glamour‘s February issue, which features the cast of HBO’s Girls, was produced almost exclusively by women.
As the magazine’s Editor in Chief, Cindi Leive, told Women’s Wear Daily, although the masthead was full of women, the magazine only used women photographers 37% of the time, women hairstylists in 32% of its issues, and brought in female makeup artists less than half of the time. Leive said it was time, especially for a women’s magazine, to put their money where their mouths are.
Every page of the February issue was produced by women, save for Michelle’s Obama’s makeup artist, who is also featured.
Leive wrote in her editor’s letter: “Gender equality is on all our minds, and gender equality doesn’t just happen at the CEO or president-of-America level. It starts at home, and as I looked at those numbers, it was pretty clear: Our home could use a shake-up. That shake-up begins with this issue, where, from first page to last, every photo we commissioned was created by women: photographers, stylists, hair, makeup, everything.”
In an exit interview-style interview with showrunner Jenni Konner, the cast of Girls—Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, and Zosia Mamet—discussed everything from fights on set to the joy of being lifted in the air by co-star Adam Driver.
Dunham also talked about another critical factor in ensuring equal representation for men and women: compensation. She said since Girls was a show that starred and was centered around women, it was a benefit in the salary department.
“There are a lot of shows where the dudes make a lot more f-cking money than the girls. And we were on a show where the girls were The Thing,” she said.
Dunham also discussed being given the opportunity to create and run her own show at such a young age (23) and how the incredible sense of responsibility weighed on her.
“I felt like I had to be the person who answered emails the fastest, stayed up the latest, worked the hardest,” she said. “As much as I loved my job, I really, like, injured myself in some ways. If I had felt like, ‘You’re worthy of eight hours of sleep, not four; you’re worthy of turning your phone off on a Saturday,’ I don’t think it would have changed the outcome of the show. [But] I could have worked with a sense of joy and excitement, rather than guilt and anxiety of being ‘found out.'”
She continued with some words of wisdom for other young women. “The advice I would give any woman going into a job if she has a sense of impostor syndrome would be: There will be nothing if you don’t look out for you.”