Kerry Washington’s Skin Tone on InStyle Cover Has Created Quite the Scandal

Caught Photoshopping
Star Magazine gave Kate Middleton a new waistline on its cover in 2012.
Does Kerry Washington look a little on the light side to you?

If she does, you join a slew of angry fans that believe InStyle did some color changes to the actress’ skin for the magazine’s March 2015 cover.

Now, both the magazine and Washington have spoken out about the Photoshop accusation.

On Thursday, InStyle posted the following note online:

“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.”

Washington, meanwhile, had this perfect response:

The InStyle cover controversy comes a little over a year after the Scandal star became the subject of a similar conversation with her Lucky cover. At the time, readers pointed out that Washington’s cover photo had received heavy editing on her skin tone and eyes.

[Courtesy Lucky Magazine]

And just last month, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, fell victim to a (really bad) Photoshop job on the cover of Women’s Day in Australia.

[Courtesy Women’s Day]

C’mon magazine people, get it together.