Kerry Washington and InStyle Respond To Skin Lightening Controversy
InStyle and Kerry Washington have responded to controversy regarding the magazine’s new cover image of the actress, whose skin color many critics believe was digitally lightened for the shot. After the picture debuted online, there was a flood of backlash against the outlet’s seeming decision to give the “Scandal” star a lighter complexion.
Washington declared that she was “thrilled” to share the InStyle image with fans, but many of her admirers immediately took issue with the image. “Why would you lighten her skin that much?! She is gorgeous just the way she is!!!!” wrote one upset commenter, while another disappointed fan said, “Very sad to see this cover.” On Thursday, InStyle responded with a denial and explanation:
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.
Washington herself seemed unconcerned. She tweeted the InStyle response and wrote, “Beautiful statement. Thank u 4 opening this convo. Its an important 1 that needs to be had.” So that’s where the magazine and its cover star stand. How do you feel about the picture?