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Did Vanity Fair Lighten Skin?

January 28, 2014 1 min read

We all might occasionally get up in arms about the excessive use of photoshop that turns our favorite actress into someone we hardly recognize but it's nothing compared to what Vanity Fair is now accused of doing to an Oscar nominee. Lupita Nyongo'o plays Patsey in the film, 12 Years a Slave for which she is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.  She's Mexican born but was raised in Kenya and currently lives in Brooklyn.  She's had numerous magazines feature her on the cover but the differences between her cover on Dazed and Confused and Vanity Fair are striking. article-2539649-1AAACEC500000578-636_634x805   There's nothing quite like this: article-2540807-1AB7D05F00000578-216_634x817   Clutch Magazine came out and said that the bright white lighting, the white dress, the white background, the white balloons would all have the effect of making skin color appear much lighter.  None of this would have escaped the photographer or the editors.  Regardless of whether it was simply an effect of the lighting or photoshop-Vanity Fair did not publish an accurate representation of Lupita. article-2540807-1AB7D06C00000578-411_634x821 While small corrections like how the way a dress hangs or a blemish on a face or wispy hair removed are all understood as a part of the editing process, skin lightening is not a necessity.  Magazines and advertisers perpetuate the message that even an Oscar nominee isn't "beautiful" until she's had her natural dark skin lightened.  There is something inherently wrong with a society that cannot accept the natural beauty of others whether they be size 14 or African American or disabled.

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