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Photographer apologises for editing Lupita Nyong’o photo

Famed fashion photographer An Le has apologised to Lupita Nyong’o after editing her natural hair out of an image that appeared on the front of Grazia magazine.
Bosses at the U.K. publication apologised to the 12 Years a Slave actress after she blasted Grazia for editing out her loose afro ponytail from the imagery.
Now, photographer Le has said sorry for the “monumental mistake”.
In a statement to HuffPost UK he wrote: “I’ve had some time to reflect on my part in the incident involving Grazia and Ms. Nyong’o. I realise now what an incredibly monumental mistake I have made and I would like to take this time to apologise to Ms Nyong’o and everyone else that I did offend.
“Though it was not my intention to hurt anyone, I can see now that altering the image of her hair was an unbelievably damaging and hurtful act.”
After seeing the edited image, Lupita posted the real photo on Instagram alongside the altered magazine cover and outlined her objections.
“Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfils me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are,” she wrote.
“I am disappointed that Grazia UK invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like.”
Editors at the magazine apologised “unreservedly” for the incident.

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