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"Precious" star Gabourey Sidibe has leapt to the defense of magazine bosses at Elle, insisting they didn't lighten her features so she looked less dark on the cover of the glossy.

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Publication heads were accused of Photoshopping the image of the actress for their upcoming 25th anniversary issue, but they insist the reports aren't true, and the Oscar-nominated actress is backing them up.

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A representative for Sidibe tells news show Access Hollywood, "Gabourey is absolutely thrilled to be on the cover of Elle magazine’s 25th anniversary issue."

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Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the publication says, "Nothing out of the ordinary was done ... Gabby’s cover was not retouched."

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The October issue of Elle has three other cover versions, featuring Megan Fox, Lauren Conrad and Amanda Seyfried.