By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
As we recently reported, Fantasia Barrino took to her Instagram account the other day to slam JET Magazine. The R&B singer was apparently upset with the publication for not choosing a more recent photo of her for the cover of their upcoming issue that will feature a recent interview. Fantasia expressed to her fans that the choice made by JET upset her so much because the whole point of the interview was to talk about how much she’s grown as a person and an artist, so she was outraged that they would then select a ten year old photo to use for the cover.
She wrote the following to her supporters regarding the incident:
“This saddens Me!!! It is clear that this picture is 10 Years Old and JET Magazine puts it on the Cover!! And I send them the NEW LOOK AND DIRECTION..SAD!!! I WANT A PUBLIC APOLOGY FROM JET. Now I’m not sure if the interview is correct. SEE!!! America they and use me as they crash Dummy BUT NO MORE. IF I DON’T STAND FOR SOMETHING ILL FALL FOR ANYTHING.”
Welp, it looks like the publication won’t be issuing an apology to Fantasia. Instead, JET released a statement confirming that they would be standing by their choice of using an older photo for the cover:
“JET magazine is honored to have Fantasia grace the cover of its March issue.
“It is unfortunate that Fantasia is displeased with the cover selection, however JET stands by its decision. As standard editorial practice, JET consulted with Fantasia’s team, but reserves the right to select the image we deem as most appropriate for JET‘s brand and reflective of the cover story sentiment.
“JET continues to root for Fantasia’s success and encourages her fans to pick up the new issue.”
I dabbled in Public Relations for a few years, and this statement pretty much sounds like a nice way to say JET didn’t like Fantasia’s photos very much and didn’t feel they were “cover material.”
Here’s a peek at the photos she reportedly sent in to the publication (obtained by the Huffington Post):
As of now, Fantasia hasn’t responded to the statement.
I can see why JET didn’t use the pics. They didn’t want Ike Turner on the cover of their magazine. What kind of message would that send?
Time of death: 1:24 pm.
All them pics are not cute! JET made the right decision!
I think they made the right choice. The photos aren’t bad but they aren’t appropriate for JET. They are a little too over the top for that kind of mag.
Umm did she really think these were appropriate for Jet? lol come on Fanny.
Cute pictures. But they were a little too fabulous for JET. LoL.
Why didn’t her camp tell her the truth about the pics? That wig is horrible.
The only one that could have worked is the last one but it’s too light for a magazine to use. The other ones are too over the top.
I actually like the pic they did use for the cover. I don’t see why she made such a fuss about this.
A big WTF to these pictures. What is Fantasia thinking about? When has JET ever used photos like that? Smh.
I agree…that statement was a VERY nice way of saying they felt like her pictures sucked and were inappropriate. I must say I can see where JET is coming from. The cover pic is more JET like. They really are a very simple kind of magazine.
I can see why they didn’t go with those photos she sent, I mean based on what I have seen from jet those photos are far too directed for a Jet magazine cover photo. I agree with Jet’s decision and I still love Fantasia
pics are not so bad! just a lil’ touch of photoshop and it’s done