InStyle Magazine Denies Kerry Washington Skin-Lightening Scandal

The ABC star is under heavy criticism from fans who claim her flesh was digitally manipulated to look lighter

InStyle magazine denies digitally lightening the skin of March cover subject Kerry Washington, star of Shonda Rhimes‘ hit drama “Scandal.”

Social media lit up Thursday after the “Scandal” star unveiled her latest cover on social media, showing a much lighter-skinned Washington than fans are used to seeing.

The new cover shows Washington lit from below in a white, shoulder-baring dress.

Washington was “thrilled” with her new photo, telling her fans on Instagram, “So honored. And crazy excited.”

But the reaction from her fans was anything but.

As talk turned to outrage, InStyle quickly issued a statement denying it altered Washington’s skin tone, blaming it instead on “lighting.”

“While we did not digitally lighten Kerry’s skin tone, our cover lighting has likely contributed to this concern,” the magazine explained in a statement. “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,” they added.

Kerry responded saying she was glad people were talking about it.

This isn’t the first time Washington has faced criticism over a magazine cover; her December/January cover of Lucky magazine came under heavy scrutiny, as some fans believed Washington’s image was excessively altered with digital editing software and rendered the actress unrecognizable.

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