Uber-popular Bollywood celeb Aishwarya Rai Bachchan may sue Indian Elle for reportedly lightening her skin on its cover, according to Hindustan Times.
The news comes in response to a tremendous outcry from fans after the December issue was released
If her skin was in fact lightened for the cover, it was totally unnecessary- I have always thought Aishwarya was one of the most beautiful women in the world- no Photoshopping required.
Want to see what she looks like in "real life" and judge for yourself whether Elle is at fault?
Here she is on the cover of Time Magazine. See what I mean? GORGEOUS. I have Aishwarya envy and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
And her skin tone is noticeably warmer in the Time photo, although it looks in the Elle photo as if everything about the shot was lightened, including the background. I'm no expert, so it's hard to say.
This isn't the first time Elle has been accused of lightening a cover model's skin.
You may remember when Precious star Gabourey Sidibe appeared on the cover back in October- Her skin seemed noticeably lighter than usual as well, although an Elle spokesperson insisted Sidibe's photo was "not retouched any more or less than the others."
What do you think of the Aishwarya cover? Was her skin digitally lightened? And if she can prove that it was, should she sue?