Some say Aishwarya Rai had her skin digitally lightened by Elle Magazine for the December 2010 cover. Critics say the Bollywood star looks far more Western on the cover than she appears in person, but did the magazine purposely alter the image?
Sadly, the digital altering of the images from photo shoots is something we have grown so accustomed to in the United States that, frankly, we may be more surprised if it ISN’T done. Typically, the touch-ups done here are related to weight, but over in India, a new scandal is brewing surrounding a claim that involves skin-tone.
The December 2010 cover of Elle India features the 2004 Miss World winner, who is now a famous actress. Some of her most notable films include ‘Bride-Prejudice’ and ‘The Pink Panther 2’—but this debacle may help spread her name across the globe like never before.
The cultural implications make this story all the more controversial. Apparently Indians view those with lighter skin as being more affluent or what we might call ‘classy.’ That’s all thanks to a recent explosion in expensive skin-lightening cosmetics.
The Daily Mail reports that it wouldn’t be the first time the mag has been accused of altering a celeb’s skin tone. Earlier this year, Gabourey Sidibe appeared on the cover of the US version, but had a noticeably lighter skin-tone as well.
Honestly, if you look at regular pics of her, they aren’t ALL that different than the magazine cover. Yes, she looks a tad paler, but it isn’t as drastic as people are making it out to be. It almost looks like it could be the result of a bad make-up job.
You be the judge: take a look at the Elle cover, and then at some Aishwarya Rai photos below. Do you think something is awry?