Since her starring role in the hit show Scandal, Kerry Washington has become a pop culture icon. Her face is everywhere, so it surprised some fans to see her face looking very different on the cover of InStyle magazine.
By comparison, here is Kerry a few days ago at a Scandal inspired launch party for The Limited.
While some fans didn’t see the big deal, others took to Twitter to express their displeasure;
— Ava‐joye (@Avajoye) February 6, 2015
— K Gibson (@JamaicanScholar) February 5, 2015
Talk about whitewashing. Kerry Washington deserves an apology from InStyle. http://t.co/1l9JYVr82Z
— Sedrick R. Gilbert (@srgLIVEinHD) February 5, 2015
— Sasha50 (@Sasha5010) February 5, 2015
Magazines are often criticized for what is perceived as ‘Europanizing’ the look of the women of color they feature. One of the most controversial examples of this was Elle Magazine in 2011. The magazine took heat for lightening the skin of Indian model Aishwarya Rai.
As for InStyle magazine, they released the following statement;
“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.”
Kerry Washington, aware of the controversy, praised the magazine for its response. She wrote on her Twitter account;
Beautiful statement. Thank u 4 opening this convo. Its an important 1 that needs to be had
Ladies, what are your thoughts?