Yesterday, Lena Dunham’s newsletter publication, Lenny Letter, published its third iteration with an article by actress Jennifer Lawrence which has now gone viral. The Academy-Award winner penned the piece about the sexist wage gap that exists in Hollywood. Lawrence first discovered that she was being paid less than her male co-stars when Sony was hacked and documents were released detailing the wages of various Hollywood stars. Lawrence admits to not aggressively negotiating her contracts out of a desire to not be painted as a “spoiled brat” – a term that would never be used to describe an assertive male.
The article was accompanied by a charming illustration of Lawrence that was created by Brookyln-based artists, Jennifer Williams. Williams is the skilled illustrator behind the popular Instagram account and tumblr, What My Daughter Wore. The Cooper Union-trained artist and mother of three beautifully illustrates her children and their friends in order to capture their youthful style choices. Her honest and endearing portrayal of these hip Brooklynites are not only enjoyable to scroll through, but also an interesting time capsule of current trends.
Always intrigued by artist’s backstories, we wanted to learn more about the evolution of her WMDW project and how she got involved with the ultimate cool gal publication, Lenny Letter.
A: Lenny found me through Instagram. Social media in general, but Instagram in particular, is like high school – there are going to be a lot of jocks and popular kids with whom you have nothing in common and that you want nothing to do with, but eventually you find your people and a build a supportive community. I adore the artists, crazy creative teenagers, fashion people, activists, moms, etc – from all over the world – that I have met through Instagram. Lenny’s an example of a project and a group of people with whom I felt immediately simpatico.
Q: How does it feel to lend the imagery to such an incredible article and publication?
A: I love Lenny, I believe in the importance of what they are doing, and I loved in particular the message about equal pay in the interview that I illustrated. My 13 year old daughter was an early subscriber and finds the articles empowering and inspiring (even if sometimes over her head!)