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Lena Dunham in Time Out New York

We celebrate the Girls creator and New York native in fittingly intimate style, via an interview with her collaborator and BFF, plus plenty of behind-the-scenes action

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Let there be no doubt—Lena Dunham is one of New York City's most powerful voices right now. The Girls creator and star exemplifies so much of what our beloved city is all about: Boldness, creativity, sexiness and unabashed self-expression. It stands to reason that we'd be into what she does (we even created a Girls NYC walk in the show's honor), and we're utterly thrilled to find out that Dunham is into what we do here at Time Out New York. In our exclusive interview with Lena Dunham—which was conducted by none other than Girls executive producer and Dunham's best friend Jenni Conner—Dunham reveals that at age 19, she wrote to our sex columnist about trying to lose her virginity ("He wrote the best advice"). So, we invite you to enjoy Dunham and Konner's intimate conversation, then peruse behind-the-scenes photos from our shoot, and watch how the Pop Art-style cover of the magazine was created.

Lena Dunham talks Taylor Swift, feminism and the Cosby controversy
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Lena Dunham talks Taylor Swift, feminism and the Cosby controversy

Girls showrunner Jenni Konner sits down with her BFF for a very frank conversation

The making of Time Out New York’s Lena Dunham cover
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The making of Time Out New York’s Lena Dunham cover

Go behind the scenes to see how we created the Lena Dunham’s Pop Art-inspired cover

Behind-the-scenes Lena Dunham photos
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Behind-the-scenes Lena Dunham photos

Despite all the serious pieces about Lena Dunham that surface whenever Girls returns, we’ve got to say—the 28-year-old new Yorker is hilarious in person.

Lena Dunham answers Time Out readers' questions
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Lena Dunham answers Time Out readers' questions

We invited you to submit your very own questions to the Girls mastermind and native New Yorker at our photo shoot.

Behind the scenes of Time Out New York’s Lena Dunham cover
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Behind the scenes of Time Out New York’s Lena Dunham cover

We scouted a local New York artist, Chad Silver, to handmake an Andy Warhol themed screen print of Lena.