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Edited by on December 30 2010 at 2:10 PM

Indian superstar Aishwarya Rai (Bachchan; I prefer her maiden name) is so furious over her apparent skin-lightening on the cover of Elle India she might sue. You may remember that U.S. Elle had a similar controversy over Gabourey Sidibe‘s cover back in September, which leads me to believe that Editor-in-Chief Roberta Myers is outsourcing her art department.

Indian Elle Just as Racist as American ElleSources told the Times of India, which first reported the story:

“[Aishwarya] believed that these things don’t happen anymore. Not in this day and age when women are recognized for their merit, and not for the colour of their skin. She is currently verifying this skin-whitening allegation. If there is any proof of this, she might even take action.”

Ash’s fans took to the internet to complain about her complexion, in belief that “her image had been doctored by the magazine to appease Caucasian standards of beauty.”

If Aishwarya decides to sue — and if she wins — will magazines be forced to ease up on the Photoshopping and — dare I say — represent realistic images of people?

Of all the concepts.

LINK LOVE: Huffington Post

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