There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Gabourey Sidibe’s Elle magazine cover. Critics are slamming the publication, claiming the Precious star was photoshopped to look lighter-skinned.
But Elle defends themselves saying "nothing out of the ordinary" was done. "We have four separate covers this month, and Gabby's cover was not retouched any more or less than the others," the magazine said in an official statement.
"We had 25 cover-worthy subjects in our portfolio and we chose Gabby because of who she is. We shot this as a story of exuberant young women changing the world. If you take a look at the portfolio, each of the women were shot in different ways and for different reasons."
They are referring to the fact that this month’s issue has four different versions—Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried and Lauren Conrad appear on the other three. Their shots are full-length, while Gabby’s is closer-up, also adding to the controversy.
It's not the first time accusations of skin lightening have been made. In 2008, L'Oréal received complaints that it had allegedly lightened Beyoncé's skin in a Feria ad.
Sidibe’s rep has since issued a statement to Access Hollywood saying, “Gabourey is absolutely thrilled to be on the cover of Elle magazine’s 25th anniversary issue.”
It doesn’t seem like Gabby’s too concerned with it—she’s just excited she’s a cover girl! What do you think…was her skin lightened?