Outrage After Kerry Washington Is Lightened For Magazine Cover


kerry-washington coverReported by Liku Zelleke

Kerry Washington was proud of her image on the cover of the March issue of InStyle magazine. She was so proud, in fact, that she shared it with her fans on Twitter and Instagram.

The reaction she got was mixed. There were those who were happy for her, and then there were others who thought there was something terribly wrong with her skin color.

“Glad you made the cover kerry,” one fan wrote, “but this isn’t right. I’m sorry. It’s not. Don’t let them do that to you.”

“Why is she white in this picture?”  was the question asked by another.

But, those weren’t the worst of the reactions; some negative comments were later removed.

InStyle said that they, too, had received messages of similar context from people who thought Washington’s skin had been lightened on purpose. The magazine replied with a statement on their website:

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.

Kerry thought that this was a good enough explanation and pointed her fans to InStyle‘s website, saying it was a “beautiful statement.”

“Thank you for opening this convo. Its an important 1 that needs to be had,” she wrote.

Washington’s fans will remember that this isn’t the first time she has raised “convos” about her picture in a magazine. Back in 2013, a photograph of her in the December/January issue of Lucky magazine was also thought by her fans to have been over-edited. At the time, they had said that she looked almost “unrecognizable.”



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