Elle Magazine in hot water after ‘whitening’ the skin of Aishwarya Rai!

Elle magazine has stumbled into a race row after allegedly whitening the skin of a Bollywood actress on its cover.

Readers reacted with fury after it was ­suggested that the fashion magazine might have digitally ‘bleached’ the complexion of ­Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a former Miss World who has also starred in Bride & ­Prejudice and The Pink Panther 2.

The 37-year-old appears on the cover of this month’s Indian edition of the magazine. However, her skin appears to be several shades lighter than her normal color.

Inside the magazine, she is again pictured in a series of shots, all showing her with pale skin.

It is not the first time that Elle has been attacked for appearing to lighten the skin of its non-white models.

In September this year, black actress Gabourey Sidibe appeared on the cover of the U.S. magazine with a much paler complexion. On that occasion Elle claimed it had not altered the Precious star’s skin any more than that of the other models ­photographed alongside her.

Fans have been posting angry comments online about the latest cover, with one saying: ‘It’s ­annoying because it seems like lighter skin is always in fashion as if darker skin is ­something to be frowned upon.’

Skin lightening is a controversial issue in India and those with a lighter complexion are often perceived to be more successful and wealthy. Skin-lightening products aimed at young men and women now form a multi-million-pound industry.

Yesterday, spokesmen for Mrs Bachchan and Elle were unavailable for comment.

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Cheers!

I love Philosophy bath products and I can’t wait to try the Cheers scent. After a great but hectic Christmas weekend a long hot bubble bath is just what  I need!

Philosophy Cheers!™ Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

What it is:
An all-in-one shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath with a sweet uplifting scent.

What it does:
This do-it-all formula feels bubbly and bright, delivering a rich, foaming lather to gently cleanse and condition skin and hair. Its delightful effervescence and refreshing scent are sure to fill your holiday season with good cheer.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

$16


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New from First Aid Beauty: Facial Radiance Pads

These look so refreshing!

First Aid Beauty: Facial Radiance Pads

What it is:
A gentle daily renewal treatment.

What it is formulated to do:
These Facial Radiance Pads contain just the right amount of lactic and glycolic acids to make them safe and effective for daily use, even for people with reactive skin. Cucumber and Indian gooseberry tone the face, while lemon peel and licorice root leave the skin bright and glowing. First Aid Beauty’s facial radiance pads are free of harsh chemicals and colorants.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

What else you need to know:
Ideal for all skin types, this product is safe for even the most sensitive skin. It’s allergy-tested, dermatologist-recommended, and contains First Aid Beauty’s Antioxidant Booster to combat free radicals.

$28


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Taylor Momsen: John Galliano Parlez-Moi d’Amour Ad!

Check out Taylor Momsen in a video for John Galliano’s Parlez-Moi d’Amour fragrance ad campaign! The 17-year-old Pretty Reckless singer and Gossip Girl star sings her own song “You” in the video directed by Ellen von Unwerth.

In addition to being the face of Parlez-Moi d’Amour, Taylor is also the spokesperson for Material Girl, Madonna and her daughter Lourdes fashion line.


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