Elle Magazine is turning 25, and they are celebrating with a special issue and four collector covers. Happy birthday Elle!
And during this fab-u-lous celebration, Elle is courting some controversy, which I read about at http://uk.eonline.com/ and in some other places.
Elle did four covers, pictured above. Three of are full-figure shots of skinny Hollywood starlets, the fourth is a close up of young actress Gabby Sidibe, who is black and overweight. So they are not showing or celebrating her body, and her skin tone looks very light, like not naturally light.
Sidibe is the Oscar nominated star of Precious. I saw Precious, and she was dark in it, like Whoopi Goldberg black. Okay, okay, I didn't see Precious, but I saw the trailer like 48 times, and have seen the poster at the video store. And she is black.
So did Elle lighten her skin tone and hide her body? Elle's editor in chief vehemently denies the skin lightening thing, of course. And the cropped photo is just an artistic decision. Uh-huh...