Nowadays, it seems as if more and more celebrities are feeling brave enough to speak up when they feel misrepresented by editorial photo shoots.
Keke Palmer is the latest starlet to take to social media to express her issues with a very common problem — the digital lightening of dark skin. Palmer posted an image from a recent shoot published in Marie Claire Magazine with a heartfelt message about why her lighter appearance bothered her so much that she felt moved to call it out publicly.
“I consider myself to be chocolate and I do feel as if some of my color has been washed out ..,” Parlmer wrote. “[No] offense, but I am a beautiful black girl and this was an African inspired shoot which I loved.”
She concluded her message: “[I] felt I had to say that before I posted on my page for all the kids to see because I don’t want them to get the wrong impression.”
Btw, I love you @marieclairemag and had such an amazing shoot with you. I wanted to post this photo in honor of what a great time I had but I was honestly stuck between a rock and a hard place. I consider myself to be chocolate and I do feel as if some of my color has been washed out .. – no offense, but I am a beautiful black girl and this was an African inspired shoot which I loved . I want the little girls like me to see this shoot and know that they don't have to be lighter to be in it. Our world suffers from that mental construct, I don't wish to feed into that unreal reality. Black beauty, and all beauty for that matter, comes in all shades . Felt I had to say that before I posted on my page for all the kids to see because I don't want them to get the wrong impression. Much love! #Virgo
Palmer joins celebs like Kerry Washington, who posted a gracious message, also via Instagram, about her digitally altered face on the cover AdWeek back in April.
Fans of Serena Williams drove the star to delete an image a PEOPLE Magazine shoot after hundred pointed out that Williams’ waist appeared dramatically altered to appear smaller.
Social media is definitely empowering more celebs to speak out about how they’re being represented in magazines and other media. With the rise of Photoshop-free ad campaigns, perhaps we’ll be seeing some Photoshop-free editorials as well?