Gabby Sidibe Elle Controversey

As you know, Gabby Sidibe is one of the four 20-something actresses gracing Elle Magazine’s historic 25th anniversary covers.

Folks are up in arms about the way Sidibe looks and the buzz is that her skin was lightened to make her “more attractive.”

I didn’t notice her skin being lighter when I saw the cover for the first time. 

What I did notice was that all of the other cover girls (Amanda Seyfried, Lauren Conrad and Megan Fox) had 3/4 length photos where as Gabby  had a tight headshot. 

What do you think?  Does the alleged skin lightning or the headshot bother you or is everyone blowing this all out of proportion?



2 Responses to “Gabby Sidibe Elle Controversey”

  1. Jade Bishop Says:

    I love Gabby’s headshot, and it’s time everyone got over color and
    hair for women of color!

  2. Jade,

    This may sound harsh, but frankly, I’m tired of hearing “get over color” when color is STILL a major issue in this country and when the color that seems to matter is white.

    I want you to think real hard, and notice why you hardly see any women of a darker hue on many mainstream fashion magazines. The ones that you do see, are usually photographed lighter. On that note think back to the whole OJ Simpson trial. His photograph was filtered to look darker. Why? Because dark skinned black men are usually seen as “more criminal” or “more savage”.

    On another note take a look at the local news or newspaper. When was the last time you heard of ANYTHING positive pertaining to blacks without it being outside of the sports section or segment? Think about it? In the media in general when was the last time you saw blacks OUTSIDE their usual stereotypes? Think long and hard.

    The whole point is that getting over color is impossible in a nation that thrives on color and stereotypes. In this nation two colors matter, green and white. That’s the truth. Any other color would matter if it generates green and benefits white.

    Jade, you may think that the issue of color is nonsense, but for people OF color, it matters because it’s part of who we are. Until, you understand what the big deal is, there’s nothing to discuss let alone debate.

    I’m sorry, Mia, but I had to put in my two cents.

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