Jennifer Aniston is back on the cover of a major fashion magazine, but it’s drawing howls on social media after heavy air-brushing darkened her skin and made her almost unrecognizable.
The actress, who turned 50 in February, has aged gracefully. But InStyle, which features her on the cover of their beauty issue, has a warped sense of what constitutes beauty in older women.
Aniston is not only darker skinned, but her face has been airbrushed to the point of artificial flawlessness.
The magazine posted the cover of its latest issue on Instagram Wednesday (Sept. 4). It added a veneer of sexism to its tinged photo by calling the former “Friends” star a “babe eternal.”
In all, she poses for five different covers, channeling fashion and beauty from the ‘60s and ‘70s.
“Jennifer Aniston has been a beacon of American glamour for the past 25 years, and now she’s stretching her boundaries,” the Instagram caption read.
A social media howl quickly followed. Critics zeroed in on the magazine.
On critic compared the image to Rachel Dolezal, the infamous race faker. Although she was born with a fair skin and light hair, Dolezal gained national attention in 2015 for posing as an African American and serving on a local NAACP board.
“In 2019, if you want a brown skinned woman on your cover, put a brown-skinned woman on your cover,” wrote one critic on Instagram.
“Love her, but too airbrushed,” wrote another.
An InStyle publicist told NBC News the photo in question was “inspired by Veruschka,” a pale-skinned German model who was popular during the 1960s.
“The other four looks were inspired by Catherine Deneuve, Lauren Hutton, Brigitte Bardot and Charlotte Rampling.
InStyle refused to explain Aniston’s skin tone, the network said.
“Where is the lovely Jennifer Anniston? This photo editor should be fired,” said another critic.
But the magazine drew some sympathic comments, as well.
“Many white people struggle all summer to get that tan, lucky her, no cancer…was sprayed on!! Let it go!! you don’t like it, don’t buy it!” wrote one.
Aniston’s rep had no comment.
Read the full interview in the October issue. The magazine promised to roll out more cover shots. Check out the one below.