Pretty pale after Vanity Fair's blatant photoshop job.
Its long been a tradition for Chinese language papers to give everyone "oriental eyes" in their photos, which is a custom I've never understood either. But it seems that this is a relatively new phenomenon in "Western" publications. And while skin lighteners have always sold well among certain ethnic sub-populations, I always thought they were an internal hang-up, that they didn't matter to the larger "us".
By the way, the wife and I saw "Slumdog Millionaire" this weekend and it is a terrific piece of movie making. Hopefully, it cleans up on Oscar night. There probably ought to be a couple of acting nominations in there as well but, apparently, nobody in Hollywood can pronounce the names.
PS. The wife tells me that they argued over this shot on Entertainment Tonight, and that they are claiming its all the lighting angle. Of course, this begs the question: did Vanity Fair fiddle with the lighting to get that effect or is it just an accident? Hard to imagine the latter.