Sunday, May 29, 2022

Kerry Washington Fans Blast InStyle for ‘Lightening’ Star’s Skin Tone

kerry washington InStyle magazine cover*Kerry Washington may have been “thrilled” to see herself on the cover of InStyle magazine’s March issue, but that doesn’t mean her fans share the same sentiment.

The cover has drawn the ire of several of Washington’s fans over InStyle’s alleged lightening of the “Scandal” star’s skin tone and altering of her facial features. On Wednesday, Washington released the image of the cover on Instagram, saying she was “THRILLED” to share it.

Nevertheless, Washington’s fans were not pleased:

– “Very sad to see this cover. Way too much photoshop!!”wrote one fan as another posted a response, saying, “Looks like a white woman with no cheekbones.” (via Cosmopolitan).

– “Why would you lighten her skin that much?! She is gorgeous just the way she is!!!!” another fan voiced.

The outrage of the alleged lightening didn’t go unnoticed by InStyle, which responded to the criticism Thursday in a statement saying that Washington’s skin tone was not digitally lightened.

‘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,” the fashion mag stated. “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.’

Washington herself later weighed in on the situation via social media as she called InStyle’s statement “beautiful.”

“Thank u 4 opening this convo. Its an important 1 that needs to be had,” tweeted the actress.



  1. “Lighting” my ass!!! And…if it “were” a lighting issue & THEY GAVE A GOOD GD “ABOUT” reflecting her in a “truthful “light” (wink!) then WTF wasn’t the lighting “CORRECTED”!!??? GTFOH! They did the SAME shyt to Beyoncé in those “Pepsi” ads as well! The shyt is simply….”subliminal suggestion of a “WHITE” woman….peeeeeriod! They STILL want a “WHITE” woman to reap the benefits & credit for what a BLACK woman does! JUST like casting all ken Beckys as “Cleopatra” n shyt was all about! And the same GD thang is being done with “R&B”…”DJayin”, and every fkn thang ELSE “WE” create & do!! STBS!

  2. Not so much about the skin color as much as the photo just does not look like her in my opinion. Also, why does her being shown “lighter” on this cover bother folks so much? Lighting does make a difference. Most of you have taken photos or seen photos of yourselves that came out much lighter than you acturally are. Who cares!

  3. It seems to me that the argument is what was the point of using all that ‘lighting’ in effort to make her appear, I guess, more ‘appealing’ to yt audience? I don’t know. But it does not look like her at all. Plus, it always seems her head is bigger than her body.

  4. Her natural brown skin looks much better than the lighter. Why was it so important to change her skin color anyway? That’s not even her on the cover!

  5. If I’m not mistaken this magazine did the same thing with NeNe Leaks and blamed it on the ‘lighting’ as well. It’s not the lighting, it’s skin lightening and even Stevie Wonder can see that. What kills me is once you call them out on it, they use the same lame explanation as if we don’t know what our eyes see. If they want a white woman on the cover have at it; (as that is the norm) but the practice of adulterating the skin tone/features of ANY woman of color is unacceptable and HIGHLY insulting and degrading.

  6. This is simply a horrible picture. Not only did InStyle make her lighter, they made her unrecognizable.I had no idea who the woman in the picture was supposed to be until reading the caption.

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