Vanity Fair Slammed for Making Lupita Nyong’o Appear Lighter

When the magazine gave a sneak peek as to what to expect in an upcoming issue, the social media cavalry came out, accusing the magazine of lightening the star’s skin tone.

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Lupita Nyong’o

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Face it. Lupita Nyong’o is the new “it” girl, and one can only imagine how many magazines are dying to feature her.

However, those who do get the opportunity should use Vanity Fair as an example of what not to do. The magazine included Nyong’o in a tweet on Wednesday about its upcoming issue’s Vanities section and is now under fire for what some people say is a case of making the star’s deep-chocolate skin tone appear lighter.

The outrage is obvious, and it wouldn’t be the first time a magazine has been accused of "brightening" the complexion of a star of color. Black women from Beyoncé to Kerry Washington to Gabourey Sidibe have all appeared lighter in magazines. In the case of Nyong’o, was it purposely done in Photoshop? And if so, to what end? Or did Vanity Fair just use some really odd or creative lighting? You decide.

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