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Edited by on September 22 2010 at 12:29 PM

Elle has recently come under fire for apparently lightening cover/ you-go girl Gabby Sidibe‘s complexion — allegations EIC Roberta Myers vehemently denies.

Who’s really buying that?

Photoshop of Horrors Based on the Novel Standard Practice by Sapphire

Every woman of color has her skin lightened in commercials, on magazine covers in, editorials. If you believed what you saw on newstands, you’d think Beyoncé was a bootylicious  WASP.

It’s all a part of what makes fashion a business: its blatant homogenization of cultures and peoples to make them more easily digestable to the general public.

Is it right? Hell no. Is this a precedent? Hell to the no. Am I glad to see a plus sized girl, and a black plus sized girl at that, on the cover of a major fashion mag? Damn skippy. Will I take my victories wherever I can find them? Sure. Do I enjoy answering my own questions? You betcha!

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