When I first saw this photo I thought it was a fake Elle cover. In the past Elle has done good covers as a rule. So seeing this horrible cover my initial reaction was to think it was a fake.
But unfortunately it's not a fake.
This is the October Elle cover featuring actress Gabourey Sidibe. There's a lot going on here. First is the weave/ wig thing on her head, it looks really bad. And does she have on a sari? Finally, why is she 5 shades lighter than her actual color?
And as someone else noted, why is Gabby's cover shot so tight? Normally Elle covers are not that close-up. Maybe they are trying to minimize Gabby's size?
If they couldn't handle putting a big, dark, Black woman on the cover they shouldn't have attempted it. A nice inside spread would have sufficed. Gabby's cover is the worst Elle cover I have ever seen. And it is not her fault.