Did India.Arie Lighten Her Skin?

A new publicity photo has sparked rumors that India.Arie has been lightening her skin. The press pic for her comeback single “Cocoa Butter” (above) showed the R&B songbird looking several shades lighter than her dark brown complexion, according to the AP. Known for promoting black beauty in records such as “I Am Not My Hair” and “Brown Skin,” Arie took to Twitter to shut down the accusations.

The 37-year-old even listed her reasons for not touching the bleach. “1. I wouldn’t endanger my health that way 2. i’m so in love with myself I have no DESIRE to BLEACH myself,” she wrote. “3. The GLOW you see IS (magnificent) lighting 4. THE LIGHT you see, Well thats all ME!!” While she laughed off the claims, Arie didn’t take the context lightly. “politically speaking racism/colorism in the black community is a MUUUUUUUCH larger #SongVersation #skinversaton.” Photo Credit: TMZ