On Wednesday night, InStyle proudly previewed their March 2015 cover featuring Kerry Washington. The star also separately shared the cover on Instagram.
On Thursday, the magazine leadership were in a slightly different place, feeling that they needed to respond to a flurry of social media criticism that the cover had been Photoshopped to make Washington look “whiter:”
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.
On the plus side, the March 2015 In Style cover is not nearly as scary as the one Washington did for Lucky’s December 2013/January 2014 issue.