"Precious" actress Gabourey Sidibe is featured on the cover of Elle magazine's 25th anniversary issue, and the image of the Oscar nominee is stirring controversy, as it appears that her skin is several shades lighter on the magazine than it is in many other un-retouched red-carpet photos.
Elle says that what you see is what you get with the cover, and has issued a statement saying, "nothing out of the ordinary was done. We have four separate covers this month and Gabby's cover was not retouched any more or less than the others (which feature Megan Fox, Lauren Conrad, Amanda Seyfried). We had 25 cover-worthy subjects in our portfolio and we chose Gabby because of who she is.
"We shot this as a story of exuberant young women changing the world," Elle said. "If you take a look at the portfolio, each of the women were shot in different ways and for different reasons."
I discussed the Gabby's photos on MSNBC TV earlier today.