Has Gabourey Sidibe Been Lightened on the Cover of Elle

Elle’s editor-in-chief Robbie Myers is not happy about the controversy surrounding the cover photo of Gabourey Sidibe on the October issue of Elle. The critics are saying Sidibe has been purposely lightened for the cover and Meyers says she is sad about the accusations.

According to EOnline:

It’s not a controversy,” she told E! News today at the Oscar de la Renta runway show in New York. “What’s so sad about it is that people have not looked at anything else but this. There’s an incredible portfolio inside that Joe [Zee] and Carter [Smith] shot . They havent looked at it. People want to make something out of nothing. It’s sad the legitimate news media picks up on this.”

She adds that Gabourey was an incredible subject, saying “we love her.”

“It sort of boils down to this,” Myers explained. “At a photo shoot, in a studio, that is a fashion shoot, that’s glamorous, the lighting is different. The photography is different than a red carpet shot from a paparazzi.”

She emphasized, “We absolutely did not lighten her skin. Retouching is when we take a piece of hair and move it out of her eye, so you can’t compare a picture on a press line from what you do in a studio, where your job is to make them look beautiful. This is their controversy. We’ve seen these things before. I am sad that no one has cracked the magazine and looked at it. We gave her a cover, and she loved it.”

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