Did Elle Magazine Photoshop Gabourey Sidibe’s Skin Lighter?

Elle magazine is in the midst of a huge controvery.   Elle is being accused of photoshopping Gabourey Sidibe’s skin lighter.    We believe the relevant question here is was Gabourey Sidibe/Precious’s made to look like a person with lighter skin or is the apparent change merely an artefact of lighting conditions.   What do you think?

Elle is not only being accused of the skin lightening but they are accused of hiding Gabourey’s body.  The 25th anniversary issue also features  Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried and Lauren Conrad – now all these three are show full body but Gabourey is shown with only a head shot.  Pretty clear what they were doing?


Elle, however, insists all its subjects were treated the same – what do you think?    

“Nothing out of the ordinary was done, 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 shot in different ways and for different reasons.”