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Kerry Washington Responds to 'InStyle' Skin Lightening Concerns, Magazine Also Responds

Kerry Washington Responds to 'InStyle' Skin Lightening Concerns, Magazine Also Responds

Kerry Washington‘s InStyle magazine March 2015 cover was released earlier today and fans began questioning whether her skin color had been lightened.

The magazine released a passionate statement denying any such claims.

“We have heard from those who have spoken out about our newsstand cover photograph, concerned that Kerry’s skin tone was lightened. 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,” the statement partially read.

Kerry responded with, “Beautiful statement. Thank u 4 opening this convo. Its an important 1 that needs to be had.”

Be sure to check out Kerry‘s full InStyle magazine feature and interview if you missed it.

Click inside to read InStyle magazine’s full statement…

“We are super fans of Kerry Washington here at InStyle. 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. 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.”

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Credit: InStyle
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  • j k

    I’d be more concerned about the heavy face photoshopping

  • Kim Jones

    Terrible lighting-I did not recognise her.

  • Chime Meyer

    “Skin Lightening Concerns”
    That is what the big problem facing the world now !
    For all I care, she can paint herself as white as a polar bear.
    She is good looking at any skin color though.