'InStyle' Denies Lightening Kerry Washington's Skin

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"While we did not digitally lighten Kerry's skin tone, our cover lighting has likely contributed to this concern."

Kerry Washington's new cover for the March issue of InStyle has sparked controversy over whether the magazine lightened Washington's skin.

Earlier this week, Washington proudly posted the photo on her Instagram to share it with her fans.

Not everyone shared Washington's enthusiasm. "Nooooooo please Kerry 'Your Black is BEAUTIFUL!' Photoshop is seriously strong throughout this pic!" commented one fan. "Where is the black lady," wrote another, playing off of Thursday night's Scandal episode title.

On Thursday, InStyle responded to the comments with a statement: "We have heard from those who have spoken out about our newsstand cover photograph, concerned that Kerry’s skin tone was lightened. While we did not digitally lighten Kerry’s skin tone, our cover lighting has likely contributed to this concern. We understand that this has resulted in disappointment and hurt. We are listening, and the feedback has been valuable. We are committed to ensuring that this experience has a positive influence on the ways in which we present all women going forward."

Washington tweeted out the magazine's statement.