|Photo from Elle|
In the past, various versions of Elle magazine have come under fire for lightening the skin tones of women of color featured on their cover. Aishwarya Rai was reportedly thinking of suing Elle India for digitally bleaching her skin when she was on the cover in 2010. Elle USA was accused of lightening Gabourey Sidibe’s skin tone and cropping her body out of the shot for their 25th anniversary issue, also in 2010. Perhaps by posting a photo of Mindy Kaling in black and white, they thought they would avoid any skin lightening controversies.
I feel as if I'm not supposed to be angry about this, that I'm supposed to shake my head and say, "Oh the fashion industry! Silly me for expecting more." I feel as if I am supposed to be desensitized by the constant images of beauty not looking like me. I hope to see more images of South Asian women on magazine covers in the future, but in full, beautiful color.