Jennifer Aniston InStyle Magazine Covers Face Backlash

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.

“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.”

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“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.

Photo by Franco Rubartelli/Condé Nast via Getty Images
Photo by Franco Rubartelli/Condé Nast via Getty Images

ET Canada has reached out to Aniston’s rep for comment.


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