Kenyan beauty Lupita Nyong'o is all set to feature in the upcoming issue of “Vanity Fair.” The announcement was made on Thursday, accompanied by a photo of the talented actress from the editorial.
However, the news wasn’t as well received as expected.
Nyong'o has received much critical acclaim for her American film debut in Steve McQueen's “12 Years a Slave.” She won the Critics' Choice “Best Supporting Actress” award in Los Angeles on Thursday. She has also been nominated in the same category for an Oscar.
Taking her rapidly-increasing popularity into account, Vanity Fair photographed the stunning 30-year-old for its February “Vanities” section.
After the first image of the shoot was released on Twitter, keen observers and Nyong'o’s fans noticed something rather odd in the photo. They claimed that the magazine had digitally tampered with the natural skin color of the Oscar nominee.
Goldie Taylor, columnist and MSNBC political and social contributor, was one of the first to bring up the issue:
did vanity fair seriously lighten lupita's picture? really? did this happen? pic.twitter.com/UqH5beAdje— Nocciola Nazgul (@deluxvivens) January 15, 2014
Clutch – an online magazineand blog network whose stated target audience is "today's young, hip, progressive Black woman" – questioned the use of white balloons in the photo shoot.
“The video for the Vanity Fair shoot shows Nyong’o swathed in white—white balloons, ultra-white background, big, bright lights—which any Black woman (or woman of color) will tell you will cause your skin to appear lighter,” Clutch stated.
Vanity hasn’t responded to the allegations as of yet.
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