In a statement, Elle said, “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. … If you take a look at the portfolio, each of the women were shot in different ways and for different reasons.”

Elle’s editor-in-chief Robbie Myers told E! News that Sidibe’s skin was “absolutely not” changed and that she is “sad” over the accusations. She emphasized, “We absolutely did not lighten her skin.”

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She told E: “What’s so sad about it is that people have not looked at anything else but this. … People want to make something out of nothing.” She adds that Gabourey was an incredible subject, saying “we love her.”

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Elle Magazine Causes Controversy By Lightening “Precious” Star Gabourey Sidibe

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