By Tracy E. Hopkins
For better and for worse, skin color is still a hot topic amongst African-Americans — especially when it comes to our female celebs. UPTOWN was reminded of just how volatile the light-skinned/dark-skinned issue remains after its May issue featuring talented actress Sanaa Lathan sparked a debate amongst readers and bloggers. Many complained that Sanaa’s normal skin tone looks considerably lighter on the cover.
One Concrete Loop reader commented, “Too much Photoshop…Sanaa is a beautiful caramel complexion…not pasty!”
Similar concerns were raised when Beyonce’s skin tone appeared to be lightened in a 2008 ad for L’Oreal Paris’ Feria hair color, as did Gabourey Sidibe’s 2010 Elle cover. But are we as alarmed when the appearance of our female celebs is darkened?