The photographer who shot Lupita Nyong’o for the cover of Grazia, apologized for the excessive retouching


The photographer who shot Lupita Nyong'o for the cover of Grazia, apologized for the excessive retouching

An Le without permission has modified a photo of the actress and now is compelled to ask for forgiveness.

The photographer who shot Lupita Nyong'o for the cover of Grazia, apologized for the excessive retouching

A few days ago, the actress and Oscar winner Lupita Nyongo accused the British magazine Grazia of the fact that the publication put on her cover a too retouched photo. According to the actress, the cover artists modified her hair in accordance with European standards of beauty.

“I’m very disappointed that Grazia invited me to become the heroine of the cover, and then edited the photo, smoothing my hair so that it matched their idea of ​beauty,” Nyong’o said. — If the editors consulted with me, I would explain to them that I am against such an approach. There is still a long way to go to overcome the unconscious prejudices about the appearance of black women.”

The photographer who shot Lupita Nyong'o for the cover of Grazia, apologized for the excessive retouching
Lupita Nyong’o on the cover of the Grazie UK magazine

As The Guardian writes, the actress’s application quickly became popular in social networks and triggered the publication of notes in many major media outlets. As a result, representatives of Grazia expressed regret over the situation. However, they noted that the retouches of the picture have nothing to do with their beauty standards — this version of the image they received from photographer An Le, who photographed Lupita Nyong’o.

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Soon an apology came from the author of the retouched photo. In the appeal, he called his actions a “monumental mistake” and asked forgiveness from everyone who might have offended the result of his work. “Now I understand that there is no justification for my actions,” An Le said. — I am an immigrant myself and I must be a supporter of a variety of standards of beauty. In the future, I will prove this in my works.”

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The photographer who shot Lupita Nyong’o for the cover of Grazia, apologized for the excessive retouching

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