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Vanity Fair in Hot Water Over Suspicious Photo of Oscar Nominee

Miguel Reveriego's Photo For 'Vanity Fair'
Miguel Reveriego's Photo For 'Vanity Fair'
It's becoming readily apparent that many of those who're responsible for the images the viewing public will see should've resolved to forego using Photoshop in the new year.

We're only 17 days into 2014 and we've already seen two egregious retouching incidents. First there was Diane Keaton's L'Oréal commercial (in which the 68-year-old actress looks like she did in Annie Hall) and now, glossy Vanity Fair magazine is under fire for apparently taking that wicked stylus to a photograph of Oscar Nominee Lupita Nyong'o.

At issue is the fact that the 12 years a Slave actress' skin color appears to look much lighter in the photograph than it does in real life.

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Vanity Fair tweeted the photo on Wednesday saying, "The stunning @Lupita_Nyongo photographed for our February #Vanities section," but it wasn't long before the Twitterverse was up in arms over the fact that the Mexico-born, Kenyan actress' complexion had been doctored.

Before and After?
Before and After?
Before and After #2
Before and After #2
"did vanity fair seriously lighten lupita's picture? really? did this happen?" Tweeted a woman named Nocciola Nazgul.

One Lizz Brown said, "Here is what Lupita N'yongo's gorgeous skin tone looks like and here is what @vanityfair did. You be the judge," and posted the photo in question alongside another in which her skin looks considerably darker.

READ: The Evils of Photoshop Made Evident in a 37-Second, Must-Watch Clip

Naturally, some cognoscenti were quick to point out that all magazine shots are lit differently than red carpet photos but not everyone was buying it.

ReneeKellyGirl's Tweet summed up the majority opinion: "@VanityFair: The stunning @Lupita_Nyongo did you lighten her skin?"

What's your verdict? Did the magazine alter Luong'o's skin tone? And, if they did, is it really such a big deal? Let us know in the comments section below.


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