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Vanity Fair is at the center of controversy after providing a sneak peak of a picture of “12 Years a Slave” star Lupita Nyong’o.

According to reports, the Internet and social media are ablaze with debate as people weigh in on whether the Oscar-nominated entertainer’s skin was deliberately lightened or if the photo shown had more to do with too bright, washed out lighting.

The picture in question appears on Vanity Fair’s February issue ‘Vanities’ section.”

“At press time, two-thirds of respondents to a Huffington Post Black Voices poll feel that yes, the magazine did this deliberately,” Fishbowl NY’s Richard Horgan stated. “There does not currently appear to be any official statement of response from the Condé Nast publication. The matter is making headlines not just here but also in Nyong’o’s native Kenya and the UK. . . . .”

When asked for a response to the inquiry from Journal-isms, a Vanity Fair spokeswoman did not respond.

What do you think? Did Vanity Fair lightened Lupita Nyong’o ‘s skin on purpose or was it a case of too much lighting?

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