Aishwarya Rai Diputihkan!!!
Last week, we noticed Bollywood star and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai was looking a little lighter than usual on the cover of ELLE India’s 14th Anniversary Issue. The story has since been covered by StyleList, The Daily Mail, and MTV Desi — among a myriad of others. But while it’s not uncommon for blogs to speak up about post-production editing — and skin-lightening in particular — it’s not often one hears from the victim themselves.
While Rai hasn’t released a statement, several Indian publications and newspapers report that she isn’t happy with the cover and may in fact sue. A source told the Times of India:
“Aishwarya’s first reaction was disbelief. She believed that these things don’t happen anymore. Not in this day and age when women are recognized for their merit, and not for the colour of their skin. She is currently verifying this skin-whitening allegation. If there is any proof of this, she might even take action.”