Radio host and television personality Thando Thabethe has graced the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine for the November issue.
The magazine has come under fire on social media for allegedly editing her cover photo to appear darker than her natural complexion. Thando Thabethe can be seen on the cover of Cosmopolitan dressed in a black swimsuit and posed seductively with her hands on her head.
While some fans congratulated her on her latest magazine cover, some fans were not impressed by her ‘far darker’ photo: “Congratulations, Babes. But I know you are not that dark. They shouldn’t have,” wrote one follower on Instagram.
“Why did they darken your skin? We love you as you are,” another one commented.
Thando told TshisaLIVE she had approached the magazine with her concerns about the cover but was told she was not darkened.
“I agree that, yes, I do look darker. I have spoken to the editor and she assured me that they did not do anything so I take her word for it.”
Cosmopolitan editor Holly Meadows told TshisaLIVE that the image was not altered.
“Thando Thabethe is a remarkable woman and we are proud to have her star on this month’s Cosmopolitan cover. We have not, and will never alter a cover star’s skin tone. This goes against the grain of our core brand values, which include diverse and true representation of all women.”
Now…this black girl, Bongis Daughter is on the cover of Cosmo !!! pic.twitter.com/OPb3KxWN6E
— Thando Thabooty (@Thando_Thabethe) October 21, 2018
Image Courtesy: instagram.com/thando_thabethe