We all know that Kerry Washington was featured on InStyle Magazine’s March 2015 cover, which immediately drew several criticisms that her skin color was lightened on the cover. Anyway, both the Scandal star and the magazine have now spoken out to respond to this controversy!
In a statement published by the Magazine, they said:
“We are super fans of Kerry Washington here at InSyle. 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.”
Kerry Washington shortly after Insight released their statement also took to Twitter to clear the air, tweeting: “Beautiful statement. Thank u 4 opening this convo. Its an important 1 that needs to be had.”
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) February 5, 2015