Jennifer Aniston has been revealed as the latest cover star for InStyle's October beauty issue. The magazine unveiled five alternative covers featuring Jen An to their 2.7million Instagram followers, but there's one cover in particular that's got people talking.
Across the five covers, Jennifer "channels iconic beauty looks from the 60s and 70s". The first cover to be announced shows Jen wearing a black bra and gold jewellery - but it's come under fire as fans say the image is overly airbrushed, and they think her skin has been Photoshopped to be too dark.
One user commented on InStyle's Instagram post, saying: "Beautiful cover, but why is she ten shades darker than she really is?"
Another user pointed out the issues surrounding making Jennifer much darker than her natural skin tone, commenting: "I get that these covers are supposed to be channeling the glamour of yesteryear but that 'glamour' routinely marginalised women of colour for white women (whether made tan or otherwise).
"Seeing Jennifer Aniston several shades darker than normal reminds me of that legacy. In 2019, if you want a brown skinned woman on your cover, put a brown-skinned woman on your cover."
Meanwhile, others say that the photo doesn't look like Jennifer Aniston at all, with one commenting: "Ok but where is Jennifer Aniston? This ain't her."[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/B1_Q6fkA-Zb/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
Fans also think that the overly airbrushed images contradict Jennifer's openness about ageing. Commenting on one of InStyle's other Jennifer covers, one fan wrote:
"You have the world’s most beautiful woman on your front cover discussing ageing and perceptions of 50 something women in the media... and you airbrush her for the gods. That doesn’t sit right. It isn’t fair and it feeds in to the narrative that women should look a certain way."[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/B1_Swq8g6_m/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
However, other fans have hit back at the criticism, saying: "It's called having a tan, or using bronzer. Get over it."
A publicist for InStyle told NBC News that the criticised image was "inspired" by 60s German model Veruschka, whilst the other four covers were inspired by Catherine Deneuve, Lauren Hutton, Brigitte Bardot and Charlotte Rampling.
NBC News report that InStyle sent them "three images of Veruschka appearing heavily tanned, which they said inspired the photo of Aniston in question."
However, NBC News say that "InStyle would not comment as to whether Aniston’s skin was darkened, either with makeup or through photoshopping."
Jennifer Aniston is yet to publicly comment.