How did this photo pass from desk to desk and no one saw a problem with it? How did the editor think this cover was ready for public consumption? And how in the world does a mainstream magazine make Kerry Washington of all people look bad? Seems no one wants to 'fess up. In fact, the buck-passing has already begun:
When Kerry Washington’s Lucky Magazine hit the internet, the criticism was immediate. From the makeup to the hair to the styling, there was no shortage of complaints about the cover and inside spread photographed by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. The criticism wasn’t lost on Lucky EIC, Eva Chen, who received a ton of negative comments when she first posted the cover on her personal Instagram account.I know there are more important things going on in the world at the moment, but its not like black women get to grace a ton of magazine covers that aren't named Essence, Ebony or Jet. The least they can do is make an attempt to get it right.
Chen defended the cover in an interview with WWD, revealing that Anna Wintour approved it: “Anna as the artistic director was definitely aware of our cover selection and was very supportive. Anna always provides me with guidance. As editor in chief, it comes down to my decision — and Anna agreed.”
As far as the critical social media comments, she is taking them in stride: “I realize that when you put something on social media, it’s meant to be a conversation. [...] I’m still pretty new to this [being an editor in chief]. It’s only been four months, but I’ve been active in social media for a while now. Anything on social media is up for debate. Conversation is a good thing.”
It was erroneously reported that Eva Chen said the following on social media: “We’re not miracle workers,” and the creative team “did the best [they] could with the subject.” But a screenshot couldn’t be uncovered, and the source eventually retracted.
We’re not surprised about the retraction as we doubt that Eva Chen would ever insinuate that Kerry Washington isn’t a beautiful woman, or blame Kerry for the unflattering cover. We are surprised, however, that the cover made it through the ranks at Conde Nast and everyone signed off on it. [Clutch Magazine]
Like these magazines managed to do. It's really not that hard.