Kerry Washington’s InStyle cover for March has been at the center of Internet controversy since readers accused the publication of lightening the actress’ skin. Kerry appears on the cover, arms akimbo, smiling in a reptile print dress. The actress is heavily lit, in an almost ethereal manner. But fans of Kerry were not feeling InStyle‘s creative direction on the shoot one bit.
Commenters took to the magazine’s Instagram to express their discontent with a few pointing out that this lightening issue is doubly offensive as the issue is being released during Black History Month. As one concerned commenter wrote, “I know her makeup artist does a wonderful job at matching her skin tone… So this is definitely lighting and post production work. Why are they still doing this? In essence…in this industry it’s cool to be tan (same photographer shot a Vogue cover and the white model is super tan but Kerry is white washed?). It’s cool to appropriate blackness but heavens when you actually have a black person on set…let’s over light her to make her appear lighter! Perhaps your post production department or who ever controlled the lighting that day needs diversity training…”
InStyle heard the cries of the slighted masses and responded to the issue on its website: “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.”
Kerry seemed pleased enough with the cover herself (she posted it to Instagram), but sent a supportive tweet InStyle‘s way in response to the apology, calling it a “beautiful statement” and mentioning that skin lightening — intentional or not — is an issue that needs to be discussed.
What do you think? Does Kerry look anything like herself on the cover? Or is the controversy much ado about nothing?
[via InStyle, @kerrywashington]
New mom Eva Mendes isn’t stopping her grind. She has her hands full at home with her new daughter, but she also has another baby of sorts to tend to. The actress has teamed with Circa cosmetics to create a new affordable cosmetics range, which is due out at the end of the month.
Eva serves as creative director for the brand, which will be a mass-market professional makeup range. So far, the line includes foundation, BB cream, eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick, lip and cheek stain and more. There are plans to grow the line to include makeup tools next year. One of Eva’s objectives for the range was to make sure it included shades that worked for a wide range of women, citing her Cuban heritage as the reason why she’s so sensitive to the matter.
image via WWD
Walgreens will carry the collection with prices ranging from $8 to $15.
Is February about to be the best month ever for Gisele Bündchen? We started the week off seeing Gisele on U.K. Vogue‘s March cover, and now Vogue China has released its latest installment featuring the Brazilian bombshell, also lensed by Mario Testino. The supermodel sports her trademark sun-kissed glow, wearing a colorful creation from Chanel’s Spring 2015 collection (Mrs. Brady is the face of both Chanel’s RTW mainline and No. 5 fragrance campaign this season).
But have our forum members had just about enough? “What did they do to her face?” asked iclawhands within moments of the cover surfacing.
“I don’t like it. Her face looks weird and the styling is too much,” added A.D.C., suggesting some airbrushing had taken place.
“I love Gisele but this styling is not working for me at all. The Photoshop on her eyes is terrible. How come Testino’s team did a great job at U.K. Vogue and then this?” kokobombon slammed.
Also not a fan was anlabe32: “Sick of her. She’s becoming as boring as Chanel itself.”
“The angle on her face is a bit unflattering, yet she still manages to draw you in. I bet this will look great in print, and I love the colors!” noted Miss Dalloway, shifting the mood of the thread.
“She is such an unstoppable force it’s ridiculous!” credited an impressed marsnoop2.
Forum member la veronika seemed pleased to see Gisele gain another cover. “Happy for another Vogue cover, regardless! Her Vogue cover total is more than impressive and what’s more impressive is that it keeps growing,” she admired.
Await the content of the issue and add your own two cents here.
Image: Lucky Magazine
We hear that things are getting pretty shaken up over at Lucky. Back in August, the magazine announced plans to launch Lucky Shops, an e-commerce venture in partnership with BeachMint. The new website, LuckyShops.com, is already live and should soon take the place of Luckymag.com. An email sent to Lucky‘s community says that come February 10, Luckymag.com will be no more.
When we first got news of the changes at the magazine, it was believed that much of the current Lucky staff would be keeping their jobs once the publication switched over to the new platform. But a few insiders tell us that is not the case. Sources say that the magazine is laying off about 10 people in several departments (features, fashion, beauty, photo), including high-level editorial staff. A grim reaping indeed.
In November, Lucky cut three members of its editorial staff; the accessories director, fashion features editor and special sections director.
We reached out to Lucky for comment, and will update as soon as we hear back with more information.
UPDATE: Fashionista confirms that staff members including their Executive Fashion Director (Alexis Bryan Morgan), Production Director (Donna Sollecito), Senior Credits Editor (Joane Amay), a beauty assistant, photo assistant, fashion assistants and accessories assistants were laid off. Jean Godfrey June will take over as Editor-at-Large.
UPDATE 2: We’re hearing from inside sources that the cuts were more extensive than we thought. All the fashion, jewelry and accessories assistants except for two have been cut. Photo, Bookings and Special Projects editors are also being laid off.
What’s a year in the life of Jeremy Scott like? We’re about to find out. The designer announced this morning via Instagram that while he’s been designing collections for his label and Moschino, launching fragrances, putting together a book and creating Katy Perry’s Super Bowl outfits, he’s also been working on a documentary about his life.
Today, the designer posted an image of himself to Instagram wearing one of those ubiquitous Moschino McDonald’s sweaters and holding a clapperboard to announce his latest project, which has been a year in the making. Scott says the film will hit theaters later this year. Sadly, those are all the details we have about the project, but it’s definitely topping our list of must-see films for 2015!
Sports Illustrated‘s swimsuit issue is usually a display of ultra-thin women in bikinis. But all that’s about to change, and we couldn’t be happier. Swimsuitsforall has taken out an ad in the publication starring Ashley Graham, plus-sized model and outspoken champion for body diversity. But she won’t be the only plus girl appearing in the annual issue.
Image: Sports Illustrated
Australian model Robyn Lawley has been tapped for the issue, making her the first plus-sized model (she’s a size 10) to grace its pages — in a bikini from her own line, no less. Robyn has been very outspoken in the past about how she’s not actually plus-sized. As she told Clique magazine, “You know, in the beginning I didn’t mind getting called it, I was like, ‘Yay! It’s fine!’ And it’s been a community that’s really represented me well and loved me and really helped me. But I’m not a plus-size person, and I’m a model. I don’t think I need that ‘plus-size’ in front of it.” Still, in the modeling world, she’s bigger than a “straight size” model, which in this topsy-turvy universe makes her plus-sized.
We seem to be in the middle of a plus revolution as more retailers expand stylish size options for larger women. Target just announced the launch of a new plus collection, so it is quite heartening to see Sports Illustrated attempt to throw some support behind the cause. While the move is revolutionary, we can’t help but wonder what would happen if the magazine featured an actual plus-sized woman in a bikini. But, baby steps — and if this is what baby steps look like, we can’t wait for SI to take a few more.