Kerry Washington Involved in The Light Skin Scandal
Kerry has her complexion changed against her will, while Emma backs skin lightening cream
You’d have thought that Hollywood would be a lot more careful when it comes to race, following the #OscarsSoWhite campaign earlier this year. Yet here we are again with another couple of stars embroiled in the subject of race. Kerry Washington was left upset last week when a magazine digitally lightened her skin, while it was revealed feminist Emma Watson had endorsed a skin bleaching product.
Actress Kerry didn’t recognise herself on the cover of US publication AdWeek, because she had been so heavily photoshopped. The Scandal star was at the centre of controversy after the magazine’s TV writer tweeted out the image of Kerry on the cover for the first time. Eagle-eyed fans noticed Kerry looked different than normal, with critics specifically noting a possibly altered forehead, lighter skin and hairline. A day later Kerry responded to the accusations with an open letter, admitting she felt uncomfortable with the image used on the cover. “You know me. I’m not one to be quiet about a magazine cover,” she wrote. “I always celebrate it when a respected publication invites me to grace their pages. It’s an honour and a privilege.”
But, though she is proud of the article and “some of the inside images,” Kerry admits she was “taken aback by the cover,” adding, “I’m no stranger to photoshopping. It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters – who doesn’t love a filter? It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It’s an unfortunate feeling,” she continued. Her fans were just as disappointed, with one writing: “Why do people think being lighter skinned is a sign of beauty? That’s just racism disguised as photography.” Someone else added: “She’s heavily photoshopped. Cheeks are fuller, hairline’s changed, skin’s much lighter, the outline of her lip is changed and her nose is straighter and narrower. Quite insulting, actually.”
Emma’s Whiter Skin
While Kerry’s skin was changed without her consent, Emma Watson’s feeling the heat for allegedly endorsing a big beauty brand’s whitening line – which was apparently done three years ago as part of a campaign in Asia. The Harry Potter star, who hasn’t featured in ads for the products since 2013 and is no longer affiliated with the brand, was used in the ads to suggest to consumers her skin tone is what they should aim for. However, a new exposé suggests the product contains “disruptive ingredients intended to whiten the skin”. Watson’s rep has addressed the article and the links to the star, telling Refinery29.com: “I cannot comment on my client’s previous contractual arrangements. However, my client no longer participates in advertising beauty products, which do not always reflect the diverse beauty of all women.”