Huffington Post asks, via Stylelist, is Elle India in deservedly in hot water for allegedly digitally lightening the skin of their current cover girl, actress and beauty queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Skin lightening is a common practice in fashion editorial generally and a sensitive topic in India, where those with lighter skin are perceived to be more successful and wealthy.
Elle India claims that nothing out of the ordinary was done, in terms of airbrushing.
We don’t know Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. but here’s a much larger array of her Google Image photos, showing a wide range of skin color, often driven by photographer’s lighting. Many images are informal and presumably more reflective of the ‘real’ Aishwarya.