Robbie Myers, the editor-in-chief at Elle, wants to set the record straight in hopes to end all the skin lightening accusations that are being made over Gabourey Sidibe's cover.
Myers said at the Oscar de la Renta fashion show this week:
"It's not a controversy. What's so sad about it is that people have not looked at anything else but this. There's an incredible portfolio inside that Joe [Zee] and Carter [Smith] shot . They havent looked at it. People want to make something out of nothing. It's sad the legitimate news media picks up on this."
She also explains why Gabby's skin may appear lighter on the cover, adding:
It sort of boils down to this. At a photo shoot, in a studio, that is a fashion shoot, that's glamorous, the lighting is different. The photography is different than a red carpet shot from a paparazzi.
We absolutely did not lighten her skin. Retouching is when we take a piece of hair and move it out of her eye, so you can't compare a picture on a press line from what you do in a studio, where your job is to make them look beautiful. This is their controversy. We've seen these things before. I am sad that no one has cracked the magazine and looked at it. We gave her a cover, and she loved it."
Elle's creative director Joe Zee also chimed in on why they didn't give her a full length body shot like the three other girls that appear on the October cover.
"What we loved was her behind the camera laughing and telling jokes and laughing and chuckling and I thought, That's the girl people should know. She's not Precious at all, and that's what people should know. That's what we captured in the picture and for any flak to come out of that is ludicrous, because at the end of the day it's about her personality."
Hmm, we're not sure how many people buy a fashion magazine to read about someone's personality, but whatever you say Joe.
[Image courtesy of Elle.]
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