Jennifer Aniston and InStyle magazine are facing backlash for the cover of their new “Beauty” issue.
The “Friends” alum appears on the cover paying homage to the fashion and beauty icons of the 1960s and 1970s. Aniston appears on five different covers for the magazine’s October issue. One, in particular, has drawn criticism for showing the actress with darkened skin.
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Jennifer Aniston has been a beacon of American glamour for the past 25 years, and now she’s stretching her boundaries. In a series of five newsstand covers (just try to choose a favorite), she channels iconic beauty looks from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Read the full interview from our October beauty issue at the link in bio, and stay tuned for more cover shots. I Photographed by @michaelthompsonstudio; Styled by @juliavonboehm; Story by @kerrybombe
“I get that these covers are supposed to be channeling the glamour of yesteryear but that ‘glamour’ routinely marginalized women of color for white women (whether made tan or otherwise),” one Instagram user, Patricia Birch, commented on the photo. “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.”
“See? There WERE black people on ‘Friends‘!” read one comment posted to Twitter, according to THR.
The magazine has not commented on whether Aniston’s skin tone was darkened through tanning, makeup or Photoshop.
A rep for InStyle told NBC News:
“This one shot in particular was inspired by Veruschka,” a German model who was popular during the 1960s. “The other four looks were inspired by Catherine Deneuve, Lauren Hutton, Brigitte Bardot, and Charlotte Rampling.”
Check out the 1968 Veruschka photo from a Vogue fashion shoot that InStyle is referencing below.
ET Canada has reached out to Aniston’s rep for comment.