Kerry Washington graces the cover of the March 2015 InStyle, but to even the not so trained eye, Ms. Washington is a few shades lighter than usual. Naturally, this raised eyebrows among her fans, particularly those of of African descent. After all the social media backlash, InStyle posted the following regarding their “Scandalous” cover:
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.
What do you say? Does Kerry look light she was deliberately “lightened” on this cover? I’d love to hear your feedback.