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Ash may sue Elle for her racist pic

None  New Delhi, December 27, 2010
First Published: 13:56 IST(27/12/2010) | Last Updated: 18:19 IST(27/12/2010)

Following the controversy over Aishwarya Rai's 'whitened' face on the cover of Elle magazine, it seems like the actress might actually take some serious action.

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It is expected that the actress might sue the international fashion magazine for making her face visibly fairer than its actual colour, reported Mumbai Mirror.

The controversy started when Ash's fans noticed the glaring discrepancy between the star's 'airbrushed' and actual complexion and there was an outrage with many a fans shouting bloody racism.

Rai is currently preoccupied with her father's illness but was rather shocked when she found out about the picture editing.

"Aishwarya's first reaction was disbelief," a source close to the actress told the tabloid.

The source added that Ash believed that these things don't happen anymore.

Ash on the Elle cover"Not in this day and age when women are recognized for their merit, and not for the colour of their skin. She is currently verifying this skin-whitening allegation. If there is any proof of this, she might even take action."

Interestingly, this isn't the first and only racist allegation against Elle magazine. The September issue of the magazine showed off a much lighter and paler complexion of African American actress Gabourey Sidibe and the difference in fact was hard to miss, even to the undiscerning.

When questioned on this, Elle magazine claimed that it had not whitened the Academy Award-nominated actress's skin any more than those of the other models (white) clicked along with her.

Ash has appeared on an international advertisement with Kate Winslet and Taiwanese model Chi-Ling Lin as well. Wonder how much her complexion was altered for that one!

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