New York, NY, United States (AHN) – Elle magazine has responded to the controversy surrounding Gabourey Sidibe’s cover shot. The magazine has been criticized for allegedly lightening the 27-year-old Academy Award nominee’s skin color on purpose.
Sidibe is one of the four young celebrities who appear on four separate covers of Elle’s 25th anniversary issue. Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, and Lauren Conrad are the three other girls chosen by the magazine as examples of young women who are “changing the world.”
But instead of receiving praises for its efforts, Elle is being criticized for apparently lightening Sidibe’s skin. Its decision to crop the actress’ image at chest level is also being questioned when the other girls receive a wider shot.
But the magazine is denying any of the claims.
It said in a statement obtained by the Telegraph: “We have four separate covers this month and Gabby’s cover was not retouched any more or less than the others.”
“We had 25 cover-worthy subjects in our portfolio and we chose Gabby because of who she is. We shot this as a story of exuberant young women changing the world. If you take a look at the portfolio, each of the women were [sic] shot in different ways and for different reasons.”
Editor-in-chief Robbie Myers added to eonline.com, “It sort of boils down to this. 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.”