17 Sep

One of (4) Elle covers celebrating their 25th Anniversary

We first caught sight of the actress last year as she transformed into Precious.  Not knowing much about the young, full figured woman, as Oscar buzz spread (and ultimately landed her a nomination) we found ourselves glued to the magazines not afraid to put her smack-dab on the cover.  Celebrating their 25 year (congrats!), Elle Magazine has joined Ebony, V Magazine, and New York Times Magazine by putting Sidibe on the cover.

Some critics say the actress’ skin was lightened and some where not all that happy with the shoulders and up shot (vs. the full body shots of the smaller women).  In a statement made by Elle’s spokeswoman, Elle stands their ground and insists that ” nothing out of the ordinary was done” with Sidibe’s photo. “We have four separate covers this month, and Gabby’s cover was not retouched any more or less than the others.”

The spokeswoman went on to say, “We have four separate covers this month and Gabby’s cover was not retouched any more or less than the others. 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*.”

(Left to right) Gabourey Sidibe, Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Lauren Conrad

If you scour the internet, you will find several photos of Sidibe, and her shade of beauty does show up differently.  There are red carpet photos of her with the same skin tone as the Elle cover, while there are other photos of her a bit darker.  Either way, we think she looks great on the cover of Elle this month.  Congrats to her for changing the game just a bit more.

*Quote courtesy of  E! News

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