Chrissy Teigen might be the latest victim of white-washing in the fashion industry—at least, according to some fans who are accusing InStyle magazine of erasing the 31-year-old model’s Thai features on the cover of their November issue.
After Teigen’s cover debuted this week, angry fans took to a forum on the fashion site, The Fashion Spot, to express their outrage over InStyle‘s alleged Photoshop. The commenters mainly accused the magazine of lightening Teigen’s skin and changing her eyeshape. Teigen, who is half Thai, is naturally tan and has almond-shaped eyes—features some fans found missing on her recent cover.
Along with allegations of white-washing, some also accused InStyle of airbrushing Teigen’s pores and facial lines—a surprise to most, considering the “Lip Sync Battle” host has been a vocal proponent of Photoshop-free pictures. A few of the comments included:
“OK, so… this is awkward. The amount of Photoshop in that cover is downright atrocious. They’ve airbrushed Chrissy’s face into oblivion, to the point where she is unrecognizable. Am I the only one who’s sat here shocked? Yikes!”
“Who is this woman?! she certainly doesn’t look like Chrissy! talk about whitewashing…”
“They just about whitewashed every inch of exoticness Chrissy had. This is so painstakingly mediocre it’s not even funny.”
The reigning queen of social media AND keeping it real, @ChrissyTeigen wears @MichaelKors on our November subscriber cover. From marriage to IVF to antidepressants, @ChrissyTeigen, opens up about, well, everything. Read her interview at the link in bio. I Photograph by @carterbedloesmith; Video by @banstey
Though Teigen’s skin looks suspiciously smooth and pale on her cover, it’s important to note that there is no confirmation of Photoshop. And, considering that lighting and angles could also be at play, we won’t know for sure until InStyle or Teigen comments themselves. However, Teigen’s decision to not post the cover or any of the issue’s photos on her Instagram (at least, not immediately) seems to speak volumes.