*A third magazine has come under fire over Gabourey Sidibe in relation to a cover photo.
In March, Vogue magazine allegedly made it clear that she would never appear on the cover because of her weight. A month earlier, Vanity Fair took heat for leaving the Oscar nominee off of its annual “Hollywood” cover of young starlets to watch. (Some dubbed it “The White Issue”).
Today, Elle magazine is making headlines over a cover photo featuring a glowing Sidibe…but with her skin color a few shades lighter.
Editors are already denying that her skin was digitally lightened for one of the October issue’s four celebrity covers.
The Telegraph reports that the fashion magazine — which last month featured Julia Roberts on its front — is also being criticized for showing slim October cover girls Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, and Lauren Conrad in full-length poses, while the plus-size Sidibe is only seen from the chest up, according to the paper.
The “Precious” star appears on the cover in a draped emerald green gown, with long, straight locks framing a face that appears much lighter than her normal skin tone. But Elle claims that “nothing out of the ordinary” was done on the photo to lighten her shade.
“We have four separate covers this month, and Gabby’s cover was not retouched any more or less than the others,” the 25-year-old magazine said in an official statement. “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.”