Elle Magazine in ‘Whitewashing’ Controversy

Images: NY Mag

You’ve heard me on my soapbox about over zealous photo retouching before – but surely this one takes the cake.


For their October 25th Anniversary edition, the bright sparks at US Elle have celebrated by apparently lightening actress, Gabourey Sidibe’s, skin tone.

Elle of course, are claiming nothing of the sort:

In a statement the magazine said that ‘nothing out of the ordinary’ had been done to the photograph.

“We have four separate covers this month and Gabby’s cover was not retouched any more or less than the others.

And if that wasn’t enough, check out how Sidibe’s image has been cropped (up close so you can’t see her beautiful curves) compared with the other four covers (full body shots):

The three other covers. Image: NY Mag.

They say a picture tells a thousand words, but in this case it speaks volumes…and none of it is positive when it comes to concepts of race, weight and beauty ideals.

What do you think?
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