Harpo, who dis woman?
Another magazine, another skin lightening controversy.
This time it's InStyle magazine that's getting the side-eye from fans after the publication revealed their new March 2015 cover featuring Scandal star Kerry Washington.
Upon the reveal, Kerry's fans noticed that she looked a bit different and her skin looked a couple of shades lighter than her actual skin tone. Fans naturally went on social media and pointed out the "bleached" cover and blamed InStyle for digitally making Kerry appear lighter.
Those groans were loud enough for the mag to hear because they've issued a statement denying they purposely lightened Kerry's skin with the use of digital trickery. In fact, they're blaming it on the photoshoot's lighting.
We are super fans of Kerry Washington here at InStyle. To feature her on the cover of our March spring fashion issue is both an honor and a delight. We have heard from those who have spoken out about our newsstand cover photograph, concerned that Kerry’s skin tone was lightened. While we did not digitally lighten Kerry’s skin tone, our cover lighting has likely contributed to this concern. We understand that this has resulted in disappointment and hurt. We are listening, and the feedback has been valuable. We are committed to ensuring that this experience has a positive influence on the ways in which we present all women going forward.
Not deaf to the controversy, Kerry commented on InStyle's statement and thanked them for getting a dialogue going on the "important" subject.
Beautiful statement. Thank u 4 opening this convo. Its an important 1 that needs to be had.
Lately, it seems as though mainstream mags are getting called out left and right for digitally editing black celebs to make them look like "ambiguous" versions of themselves.
Just last year, Lucky Magazine was criticized for making Kerry Washington almost unrecognizable on their January 2014 cover.
Here's Kerry's 2005 InStyle cover for comparison.