INDUSTRY NEWS
Controversy Surrounds Lena Dunham's Untouched Vogue Photos

Although Lena Dunham looks beautiful on the February cover of Vogue, editor-in-chief of the feminist blog Jezebel, Jessica Coen, offered up $10,000 for the untouched photos of Dunham. Coen’s reasoning behind wanting the photos is to show how Vogue digitally alters their photos. Coen explained herself on ablog post on Jezebel, “Her body is real. She is real. And for as lovely as the Vogue pictures are, they’re probably not terribly real.”

Coen didn’t want the photos, shot by Annie Leibovitz, just to show how Dunham really looks without being digitally altered because as Coen wrote, “Our desire to see these images pre-Photoshop is not about seeing what Dunham herself ‘really’ looks like; we can see that every Sunday night or with a cursory Google search. She’s everywhere. We already know what her body looks like.” Coen’s point in wanting to release the photos was to show that Dunham didn’t need all the photoshopping that she claims Vogue does to actresses who appear in the magazine.

LIQUID COURAGE
Spirited Collaborations

Last week, we at Joonbug attended the Macallan Masters of Photography Series launch event at the Bowery Hotel that debuted the drams latest venture into collaborative territory. That's right, the beloved whisky teamed up with photographer extroidinaire, Annie Leibovitz to launch a pricey, new bottle and promotional pictorals that featured Grey's Anatomy star, Kevin McKidd. The starry soiree brought much-a-buzz to Macallan paving way for more spirited collaborations?

We guess so, since receiving word that the next venture to launch is between, Patron Spirits and world-renowned fashion designer, John Varvatos. The first-ever artist to collaborate on a new design element of the Patron bottle, to craft a limited edition bottle stopper exclusively for Patron Anejo tequila.

CULTURE CLUB
The Macallan Masters of Photography

Last Wednesday night, over 400 celebrities, cocktail industry enthusiasts and socialites dressed to impress and to raise a dram to the US launch of The Macallan Masters of Photography: Annie Leibovitz Edition featuring a photo-series with Kevin McKidd of Grey’s Anatomy at NYC's, Bowery Hotel.

While guests experienced Macallan 18 neat and on the rocks with ginger beer, the gliteratti posed for pics at the various step and repeats. Star sightings included Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser of Mad Men, Stacy Keibler, John Legend and his fiancé, Chrissy Teigan model, Carolyn Murphy and more. Also in the Whisky sippin’ crowd was author, Simon Doonan and founder of foursquare, Dennis Crowly.

ART
Disney Stars Brought to Life

Photographer Annie Leibovitz has been working with Disney to bring us our favorite characters reimagined as celebrities. She was called in to do a project called the Year of a Million Dreams campaign. Her photos are, as always, fantastic, and she works extremely hard to bring the original scenes to life.

The real draw, however, is the huge celebrity cast and costumes. Leibovitz has JLo and Marc Anthony and Princess Jasmine and Aladdin, soaring high on a magic carpet in homage to the “A Whole New World” world scene of the movie. Jennifer’s costume breaks away from Jasmine’s blue, but the gold accentuates her skin tone and highlights the sunset Leibovitz carefully captures in the background. Penelope Cruz poses majestically in Belle’s yellow ballgown, lifted by Jeff Bridges as The Beast against an ominous background. Olivia Wilde is Snow White’s frightening evil step-mother with Alec Baldwin as the Magic Mirror. Snow White herself is Rachel Weisz.

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Annie Leiovitz Still In Debt; Another Lawsuit!

The saying, 'everything that glitters isn't gold,' rings particularly true when we think of famed photographer, Annie Leibovitz.

The photographer who shoots for major publications such as Vogue and Vanity Fair - remember the darling nude pregnancy photos she shot of Angelina Jolie? - can't seem to recover from a crucial crisis of debt. You'd think someone of her caliber would be set. And why not? If Terry Richardson can move on, Leibovitz should be far past her financial stumble.