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Vanity Fair slammed for making Lupita Nyong’o appear lighter

  • Written by Breanna Edwards/The Root

LupitaNyongo 600Face it. Lupita Nyong'o is the new "it" girl, and one can only imagine how many magazines are dying to feature her.

However, those who do get the opportunity should use Vanity Fair as an example of what not to do. The magazine included Nyong'o in a tweet on Wednesday about its upcoming issue's Vanities section and is now under fire for what some people say is a case of making the star's deep-chocolate skin tone appear lighter.

Nocciola Nazgul @deluxvivens
did vanity fair seriously lighten lupita's picture? really? did this happen?

#DickGregory @CHESSTTY
@VanityFair @Lupita_Nyongo She's flawless & Repin the motherland. #proud but is that Photoshop/goodlightin g?

Latrell Jackson @iloveLATRELL
DEAR @VanityFair DARK IS BEAUTIFUL! MAGAZINES puhlease stop lightening us ppl of chocolate complexion! #lupitanyongo http://www.thegloss.com/2014/01/16/beauty/lupita-nyongo-skin-lightened-vanity-fair-racist/ ...

Amena [Ah-men-ah] @AmenaAAA
Shame on @VanityFair for brightening/lightening Lupita's skin on the cover. Her skin is a thing of absolute beauty.

The outrage is obvious, and it wouldn't be the first time a magazine has been accused of "brightening" the complexion of a star of color. Black women from Beyoncé to Kerry Washington to Gabourey Sidibe have all appeared lighter in magazines. In the case of Nyong'o, was it purposely done in Photoshop? And if so, to what end? Or did Vanity Fair just use some really odd or creative lighting? You decide.

The Root


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