Open Post: New Kelly Rowland Photo Sparks Skin Bleaching Debate

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland set her social media timeline on fire when she posted a photo that appeared to show her skin 10 shades lighter. Kelly posted the image to promote her new eyewear collection at Barney’s NY.

Rowland posted the image, along with caption: “Hello Lover!” The photo sparked a frenzied debate among her followers who questioned whether the Destiny’s Child singer is bleaching her skin.

There is no denying that Kelly’s skin in the new image is a lot lighter than she was several weeks ago, but she is not known for having self-hate issues. But everyone knows it takes months of skin bleaching treatment to see a noticeable difference.

Some of Kelly’s fans attributed her new skin tone to makeup or lighting. But Kelly posted more photos from different angles under normal lighting conditions. The new images also show her skin lighter.

The bleaching debate comes on the heels of the uproar caused by Jamaican dancehall singer Spice who wore white face in a music video for her single “Black Hypocrisy” to call out dark skinned people who use bleach products.

Question: Do you think Kelly Rowland is bleaching her skin?
 

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  • Trey

    they love to get that good “lighting” that does not make them look as black…that will be her excuse…….scust

  • cherrypie

    I hope this is not true. She has beautiful brown skin

  • RespectSelf

    With all the filters and lights folks use when taking pictures…. why are we so quick to say bleaching.

  • Trace da Ace

    umm…I do not think she is bleaching her skin…this is the effect of photo lighting and make up…..

  • SumthinSweeter

    It’s just photo editing.With chocolate skin, sometimes after the photos are done u look lighter. Now show us an unedited version and if she looks un-chocolate-tee, then we will know something has changed, yes?

  • No Love Lost

    Kelly is not bleaching, it’s all lightning. Because this picture of her was taken two weeks ago .
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b4e86ae0341c715fe0febe35198d480a41417e392f115fc4a89860909b749d28.jpg

  • Alextra Ballard

    Ion bleeve this

  • Renee26

    It’s the lighting… I would be telling the editors to make my dark skin pop if it was me

  • Kanyade

    brighter flash. photoshop exposure/curve levels applied.

  • xenaD

    Everybody’s using filters these days!! It “clears” the skin, then add professional lighting/sun. Hopefully she posts a beautiful ? unfiltered pic next. I’m sure she’s not bleaching, she has theee perfect buttery(looking) skin complexion ?????

  • Judge Mental Will

    Her entire face look different.

  • Kimocha

    She looks so beautiful right here!

  • iWasteTime

    She’s not bleaching
    She owns that melanin!

  • Kanyade

    other pics on the instagram page are not so brightly lit. so nawl, no bleach in sight.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Mathew’s oldest daughter did no such thing.

  • ViolettaBliss

    I hope it’s not bleaching and just lighting and filters but I would not be surprised. Kelly has been erasing all traces of who she is and her ethnicity for years. i.e lip reduction, nose job , jaw reduction, boob job and weaves. She looks like someone else now.

  • Renee26

    Yes… Blame iPhones and apps that reinforce the yt mans beauty standards

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I truly don’t give AF ….. it ain’t my skin ……. she ain’t me …. so https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/164ad7cc338a739f7fc2d94294a2ffb67b75ae66872436dbe732bfb54ee4ae16.gif I ain’t outraged by someones skin choice ….. folks do what they do

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I truly don’t give AF ….. it ain’t my skin ……. she ain’t me …. so https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/164ad7cc338a739f7fc2d94294a2ffb67b75ae66872436dbe732bfb54ee4ae16.gif I ain’t outraged by someones skin choice ….. folks do what they do

  • No Love Lost

    Yeah she does, Kelly is beautiful.

  • No Love Lost

    Yeah she does, Kelly is beautiful.

  • monique

    How so? She would have definitely married an other if that were the case…..Serena, cough cough!

  • monique

    How so? She would have definitely married an other if that were the case…..Serena, cough cough!

  • monique

    I doubt she wants the backlash. Why would she bleach though, we love her skin?

  • monique

    I doubt she wants the backlash. Why would she bleach though, we love her skin?

  • SG

    Are we sure that this just isn’t a filter?

  • SG

    Are we sure that this just isn’t a filter?

  • Mec-One

    Barneys probably lightened them pics up …..

  • Mec-One

    Barneys probably lightened them pics up …..

  • morenYAHdelsur

    LOL Kelly isn’t bleaching.

    We know better than that.

    She looks GOODT!

  • Coy little wink

    That’s her skin…

    *TI voice

    I’d like to know her hair care routine…

  • Jethro

    ???

  • RICHIE_RICH

    It’s the lighting …. the reach !!!

  • Coy little wink
  • the chosen one

    i don’t care what she is using on her skin. I just want the outfit she has on.

  • WhoYouTalkingAbout

    I was just going to say this…Geesh its the lighting

  • WhoKnew

    Did you mean her weave n wig care routine?

  • Coy little wink

    No…I meant what I said

  • Yoni7

    Mentally, I’m the color of Kelly on the left. But in pictures I show up as Kelly on the right. LOL Lighting and makeup may play a part in what we’re looking at here. LOL

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Umm can we get a post on the queen OTR 2 grossing 253 million with Atlanta grossing the most at 14.1 million for both shows

  • ViolettaBliss

    Monique look at her pics circa Destiny’s Child . Love me some Kelly but totally disappointed that she had so much plastic surgery completely altering her looks into a more caucasian ideal of beauty.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Chiiile,she gotta dew alla that to promote sunglasses? Ok Kellz

  • SpiceGirl

    Did anyone stop and think of the lightingfilter? Also….if she did…..that is her skin…she has to live inwith it.

  • WhoKnew

    Ok because her real hair is very short like Fantasia’s so there isn’t much hair to take care of.

  • Coy little wink

    Receipts? If she’s been wearing protective styles for all these years her real hair is likely long and healthy. I’d like to know how she cares for it…

  • Alextra Ballard

    The Queen? Ohhh yew tawkin bout Bey

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Yea

  • WhoKnew

    I saw pics of her over the summer with her real hair.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Do you think Kelly Rowland is bleaching her skin?

    No, it’s called lighting and/or flash

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    LOL!
    I agree. it’s difficult to draw a conclusion on the basis of a single image.
    on the other hand, i’m not all that vested in this issue. her skin, her choice to alter (read, destroy) it, Lol!

    (bleachers beware though… they out here sending bombs to half-white Blacks and white whites, so that ‘white wash’ prob won’t save you from the purge) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68bc52b2a4f54f3dc0d4dea29ec0c12c203c19b65d4d18beb2fbbd13d0be6a55.gif

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    *cackles*

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    chile! it’s so much other mess going on… i don’t have the energy to run around smacking folks’ hands, begging ’em not to ERASE themselves, LOL!!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    LOL!!!!!!!!!

  • cleopatra04

    Let us wait and see what she looks like when she is next seen in public. I believe that it’s just the lighting.

  • ViolettaBliss
  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker
  • Marlika

    I really hope she’s not bleaching her skin. Man Papa & Mama Knowles did a number on them girls to make Beyonce shine. ?????

    I remember ready how Tina used to make the girls tan so Beyonce can appear the lightest. ?????

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I was thinking the same thing. White folks are known to touch up pics to make black folks a few shades lighter, to make them a more “acceptable” shade of black/brown.

  • hi-liter

    Blame it on all these filters they use to take pics.

  • hi-liter

    I shole contributed to the ATL show and had a blast doing it.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I believe it’s lighting, and the company took these liberties because they’re marketing to a general market (overseas fans included), along with her black fan-base!

  • Greatgrape37

    Either way, it’s not a good look. She looks better her natural color.

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    she looks 100 % better in the left pic.

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  • imright

    i wish she would pull some edges out from under that wig

  • KcoolMuziq

    I always thought Kelly was a very beautiful dark skinned woman.

  • imright

    its just filters & its cooler out now so POC get/seem lighter ?????

  • Applebootay

    Slow day Auntie? You know good and gaddamn well that’s that either that Claredon or Juno IG filter…..

  • Applebootay

    @sandrarose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! can you please remove SATAN from the Rose Garden? We ain’t readyt YET!

  • Applebootay

    DAMN…they GOOD ON ANY MLK BOULEVARD!

  • dru and neil

    This is clearly lighting, not to mention its fall and people change color depending on the season and sun exposure. It doesn’t even have that unnatural bleaching look.

  • MrsSpice1

    Oh gawd ? now everybody is paranoid about what other ppl doing to they own skin!! If she did oh fn well!! Its her body!! Im over this bleaxhin bs !! Fyi nobodys skintone stays the same forever!! Her glow up could be just that!! A glow up!! An excellent skin regimen and diet will do transforming wonders for your skin!! Have u glowing like u ate a piece of the sun!! I know!! Thats why brown skin is like the besg to have! It can go from a dull brown to a golden honey appeal!

  • Applebootay

    LOL!!

  • dru and neil

    I wouldn’t go that far, but I don’t believe she’s bleaching.

  • Yvonne79

    Seems to me its the lighting (shrugs).. but what do I know?

  • Blak

    Lighting and nose job

  • Coco Mcluvin

    I was thinking the same

  • bemetoo

    girl we know u idolize Beyonce …but giiiiirrrrlllll get it together…

  • http://www.4flavorsofmecreolemami.com/?m=1 ?4FlavorsOfMe ?????CreoleMami?

    True because I am about to Micheal Jackson pale in 5…4…3…2… and ah 1 I hate winter time smh

  • KcoolMuziq
  • RICHIE_RICH

    Baby , but naturally Beyonce is the lightest one ?????

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Princess

    Yes! She has a hair stylist i wud imagine. All it takes is a pair of tweezers and a lil patience to make that wig look natural. And then she swooped it back at that

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    girl! and right here at halloween too… i don’t want no parts of the ‘spurits’ getting involved in my destiny (’cause you know it’s gonna cost something, somewhere down the line…. nerp, i’m good!) LOL!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Hush!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rayne

    Nope. But she’s cute anyway so

  • MythCalledLove

    At least her a$$ didn’t end up looking like a mix of funeral makeup & a lil bit of Kermit the frog green. Like Vybz Kartel & Alkaline (Jamaican Artist) I am shocked at the bleaching in JA. One time it was the worst thing you could do. Now they hv videos on the method. Its so easy to tell when you get the round the way method done by Sha & her cousin Numonshea (New mo knee sha) Yes I know someone with that name.

  • MythCalledLove

    Wait a minute Sandra is a pro especially celeb photography. What is it? Those light reflectors and white umbrella? ? And a H 562 long lens (I made that up they hv all kinds of lens.. lol

  • Yui

    I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but voting you down for that one. ?

  • Ms. Jackson

    I’m screaming laughing ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • Ang

    This is so dumb. People act like celebrities aren’t regular humans. I doubt there are many black people who don’t have some pictures where they look lighter or darker than they really are. We don’t need a debate about every celebrity photo as if no one is going to see them IRL again to know what they look like. She has pics on her SM from two weeks ago where she looks like her usual self.

  • EMILY POST

    Lighting + filters and makeup black womens glow can vary also especially if the makeup artist is skilled. I think the photos are nice she looks beautiful . She don’t look lighter per se as much as just her glow up and highlights are banging. If you use a pure white light on a darker subject you will get different and unique pigments and tones. Lol ? education helps. people never took a photography class. Where did they get skin bleaching from though???

  • rayne215

    just going to ignore that bright flash in her face?

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    YAWN

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Lighting or filters

  • ViolettaBliss

    The truth is hard to deal with. Everyone sees a pretty black celeb and all of of sudden they forget what that person looked like before all of the enhancements… i.e Halle Berry. Beyonce I could go on and on

  • dontgetblocked

    I’m going to wait and see what she looks like in other photos. I hope this isn’t another K-Michelle situation.

  • Eileen

    Who cares

  • Sassie

    Kelly is NOT bleaching. Move along, folks…..

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    (sorry Ms. Jackson, i am for real…) ROFL!!!!!!

  • Reenaface

    Wash, rinse, repeat… Same reactions, same results….

  • hi-liter

    Can we get a post on that stupid bish Megan Kelly with her blackface head azz. She act like for the life of her, couldn’t understand why it’s not okay to be in blackface just because you wanna be Diana Ross for Halloween.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    Answer: idk, it isn’t flattering. .. whatever the problem. ..

  • imright

    the nerve !!! then came today w the BS apology !! ? WHITE PPL DONT DO BLACKFACE !! what is so hard to understand ??

  • Sade_fan

    I get so tired of folks claiming that certain people are bleaching their skin!!! Common sense will tell you it’s the lighting!!!!

  • dru and neil

    I did speak for myself, I said that I wouldn’t go that far. Kelly isn’t ugly of course but she’s cute at best, IMO. Not trying to hate but she doesn’t look like this everyday, none of us do.Im assuming this is an event? Or maybe out of a magazine, so of course she looks like that. There’s a whole team involved.

  • Shira Harding-James

    No I don’t

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Looks like she standing in the path of bright light. I doubt she’s skin bleaching.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Who chile?

  • Dahl

    I agree, just looks like light…

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    People seem to always jump to the wrong conclusion now about any little thing.

  • MsPam

    Forget about if she’s bleaching her skin, whose going to be buying expensive sunglasses because of lame Kelly?! ???????????

  • We Can Do This

    Her mama is fly. Style and class.

  • CocoBabe88

    I swear these skin color obsessed people have never taken a photo in good lighting to save their lives. For one her skin is not “10 shades lighter.” Who counts the different shades and levels of ones skin pigment? It’s absolutely insane! Secondly lightening ones skin is not an easy everyday thing to do. If that were the case then why do so many african women walk around with dark skin bodies and light faces? It took michael jackson decades to fully erase his pigment. It’s unnecessarily costly, expensive to maintain, and the average person does not have access to the potent technology to make it possible. Im starting to believe that the people constantly accusing of skin lightening are the ones who want to lighten their skin themselves. If skin lightening was so easy to do safely then everyone would be doing it, white black asian or otherwise. Because ALL people have scars, acne, and other skin conditions that they want lightened. I’m gonna need every color obsessed person to take a selfie in dim light with your back turned to the light. Then take a picture in bright light facing the light. Then come back and tell me how different your complexion looks in both photos. It’s a photo shoot! Thete is airbrushing, photoshop, professional grade lighting, makeup, and numerous other factors that can make a persons skin look lighter. These people need some self esteem and to get over their colorism issues. They are making issues out of nothing.

  • Applebum

    That photo did not sparked a frenzied debate. ?

  • Applebum

    I feel for Kelly in a way because she clearly wants to sing but needs to do other little things to keep the money rolling in like a cast mate from Love & Hip Hop. Coming from Destiny’s child to “creating” sunglasses. They did her dirty.

  • Music

    Some people are quick to jump to conclusions without using logic. Dang! At least use common sense SOMETIMES. Kelly is not bleaching.

  • Music

    ?…not Michael Jackson pale. ?

  • Music

    You deserved to be blocked for this comment.

  • dru and neil

    Sorry but the world beautiful gets thrown around way too much. Kelly is cute. When I think of beautiful, I think of women like Kenya Moore, Sana’a Lathan, Jessica White, Rihanna, Whitney Houston, Stacy Dash (at one time) Sade, Phyllis Hyman, who was drop dead gorgeous in her hey day before she died. There’s nothing wrong with somebody being just cute.

  • R Smith

    Wish somebody did me “dirty” like that. Access to the finest hotels, clothes, restaurants, travel. Made millions and now have several streams of income, including this line of sun glasses…dirty, huh? :o)

  • MsChocCookie

    Kelly is a dark skin woman, and if she’s showing up as anything other than, she’s bleaching.

  • Nita

    Maybe the photographer lightened her skin or maybe it is lighting but i don’t think she’s bleaching

  • Logan Roberts

    And….. if she is she’s grown.

  • Jussjess25

    Point blank period!!!

  • Jussjess25

    Lighting doesn’t change you complexion. This is a dam shame all these people washing their beautiful complexion away. Its sad

  • Jussjess25

    Exactly . And now she wants to be lightskin just like them

  • Jussjess25

    ??

  • nicfury420

    She has crazy lighting on her and around her & I’m sure the photgrapher had a flash on his/her camera. Their promoting sunglasses for crying out loud.

  • Rainbowbelow

    Kelly posted a video and said she doesn’t bleach her skin. I saw it on the shaderoom.

  • samuel severino

    Thank you. This is not lighting.

  • Malcom Flex

    Kelly HAS been bleaching for awhile now. That’s no secret.

  • Malcom Flex

    LOL if you believe anything a celeb says….

  • ?ee?? & FRIENDS ? ?

    Dummy.

  • Rainbowbelow

    Did I say I believed it. I simply said she posted a video about it and people can find the video on the shaderoom.

  • Rainbowbelow

    Go play on the autobahn.

  • Malcom Flex

    Good. Celebs lie most of the time to the public like 90% of the time.

  • Lolly Asher

    I don’t think you can tell from photos that can be so easily manipulated. But she is a protege of Matthew Light is Right Knowles and the default for lighting people in entertainment follows that rule so there’s that.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I thought Matty was Kelly’s secret daddy./s

  • sunni_daze

    People are insane and worry abiut the wtrong damn thing. This is called good lighting

  • Carrington

    Who is looking at this photo and seeing bleach as opposed to lighting and “editing”? Really?

  • Lolly Asher

    Welp…

  • isis Osiris

    sandrarose.com was a photograph but is ignorant about lighting? Okay untee

  • Mirella

    It’s not dirty for you because you were not part of one of the most successful girls band ever. She was a singer and now she is a socialite.

  • Mirella

    Yes, it’s the lighting.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I doubt if she would subject her skin to such harsh treatment. All the stars look different with those bright lights and the ton of professional makeup that they use..

  • Sdot33

    Kelly been fake. Sweet and subtle changes but she been fake.

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    She went on IG live to let the people know it was the lighting and that she loves her chocolate skin. She said move along LOL

  • queen of cups

    which i believe is purposeful

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Yeah, that’s what it looks like to me, too.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Uh-oh… the comment was deleted so I didn’t get to read it. Sounds like it was pretty bad.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Looks like lighting to me.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Not really. It was removed because it was Spam.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Ohhh.. I thought it was something evil (lol @ myself). Thanks Auntie!

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    I think she likes being number 2 to beyonce thats her confort zone. Smh

  • Lindac

    I believe it photo was “photo shopped” to appear lighter.

  • R Smith

    Girl, that went right over your head! :o)

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    No lighting can make a dark skinned woman look like Beyonce. That’s sorcery and witchcraft. ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Lighting doesn’t make a dark skinned woman look 10 shades lighter.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Y’all act like you’ve never seen Spam before. ?

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Or if you take a pic in bright light, your complexion will appear lighter. No need for filters.

  • Mirella

    Oh really? It’s possible. This morning, I was hungry and tired and I won’t even bother to look if I was right or wrong. I think that with this shallow type of analysis, you will never be able to understand why Michelle Williams has recurrent depression. If you’re one of Beyonce’s sisters and all you do is selling Claritin, Uncle Ben’s and beer products, you know, it’s almost a failure. Of course I respect the fact that she goes get that bag.

  • R Smith

    It wasn’t shallow at all. It was in reference to the poster that said they did her “dirty”. Sometimes you have to make the best of a situation. And, she was in a great situation! Everyone can’t be the leader, especially of a group. She was a part of a GREAT group that made a lot of money, toured the world, met dignataries, etc. And because of that, she’s still making money by endorsing products, creating her own and she’s a millionaire (if she had a great financial manager). She’s seems happy with her husband and child. Is there proof that she’s her “sister”? Nope!

  • Jussjess25

    Exactly, I know this for a dam fact because Im kelly’s complexion. And I aint never in life showed up lightskin in a photo. Smh

  • MythCalledLove

    Well I was trying..lol

  • http://www.4flavorsofmecreolemami.com/?m=1 ?4FlavorsOfMe ?????CreoleMami?

    Lmao

  • Ko Love

    Not true, you can use enhancements with light to lighten or makeup. Maybe she taking care of yourself, Chemical peal is real good for your skin, is not bleaching. A lot people get lighter in the fall and winter.

  • Applebootay

    It was upsetting my spirit tho….

  • puffypuss

    What’s wrong with those? Lol?

  • The Brain™

    She’s not bleaching. She got a boobs job.