Aishwarya Rai, who is the last woman to require photoshopping, was recently photographed in Elle magazine looking several shades lighter than usual.

Although Aishwarya is light-skinned to begin with, I don't remember her being so ivory-toned.

For comparison, here's a photograph taken at Cannes. Aishwarya looks beautiful either way, but the shoot implies that her natural skintone is not fashionable. It's not even a matter of studio lighting; a good photographer would know how to capture her beauty without completing washing out her complexion in the process.

What do you think of these photos? Does this amount of skin lightening, especially on women of color, bother you?

[via ONTD]