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Petitioning People Magazine

Pledge not to lighten people of color!

In its latest issue, People magazine promises to show us Beyoncé “like never before”, and the magazine has succeeded by lightening Ms. Knowles’ skin beyond recognition. Since this is the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world issue and Beyoncé is only the second African-American woman to grace the cover, the reader must infer that in order to be beautiful or at least have one’s beauty displayed on the cover, Whiteness or the approximation thereof is preferred. This is a dangerous and insidious message to send to young women of color. Beauty obviously comes in all shapes and shades; there is no one default setting to which we all must defer. I’m calling on People magazine to apologize to Beyoncé Knowles and to the public for using Photoshop to send such an obviously racist message. Please join me in saying, “Shame on you, People magazine!” We deserve better!


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People Magazine
I just signed the following petition addressed to: People Magazine.

Pledge not to lighten people of color!

I'm calling on People magazine to apologize to Beyonce Knowles and pledge never again lighten celebrities of color's skin tone in their magazine.

As you may know, Beyonce Knowles is on the cover of this month's 50 Most Beautiful issue. She is only the second woman of color to grace the cover of this annual edition. Unfortunately, Ms. Knowles' skin has been Photoshopped beyond recognition. By lightening Ms. Knowles' skin tone, People magazine is promoting a racist message that women of color must conform to a Caucasian standard of beauty in order to be perceived as beautiful.This is a very hurtful and offensive message to send to women of color!

People magazine should publicly apologize to Beyonce and pledge to end its damaging use of Photoshop to lighten the skin tones of celebrities.


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