On Monday, the Girls creator Instagrammed the image, which shows her wearing bright-red lipstick and covered in body paint that mimics black pants and a black-and-white long-sleeved top while holding a retro phone.
“The first thing people ask when I say my mother is a photographer is, ‘Wow, you must have so many amazing pictures of you!’” wrote Dunham on the post, which has more than 45,000 likes. “While there are a couple of great childhood snaps, they are often by an aunt or my father — really anyone BUT my mom. Her work has focused primarily on dolls and objects.”
Dunham wrote that when her mom started to take portraits of people all in body paint, she suggested to her mom that she’d be the perfect subject. “At first she was unmoved but after months of nagging relented and she even let me choose my own inspiration photo (Audrey Hepburn, obvs, cuz curvy girls can do Audrey too.),” she wrote. “The entire outfit here — and I mean everything — is body paint and the lens is so specifically my mother’s.”
She added, “I learned more about her when she took a picture of me than I have in 25 years of therapy. Her show of new work — up now at Salon 94 in New York City — is stunning and emotional and unusual. And I feel so lucky to have been graced by her lens. You’re forever my creative inspiration, mama.”
Her mom, Laurie Simmons, who is based in New York, did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. The photo is part of Simmons’s show, 2017: The Mess and Some New at Salon 94 Bowery, in which “the artist plays with the constructs of portraiture by substituting one aspect of the sitter’s identity with a painted replacement.”
Kim Kardashian got the same treatment for a 2015 photo shoot in the desert. “We ate KFC Fried Chicken on the way there and got In-N-Out Burger and donuts on the way home LOL,” she wrote on her website.
And one year later, Kylie Jenner channeled her big sister with a photo that depicted her dripping in metallic blue paint.
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