JET magazine stands by the photo used for "American Idol" winner and R&B singer Fantasia Barrino's recent cover story. Addressing Fantasia's displeasure with the cover Friday, Feb. 22, the magazine is pleased with the cover photo and story and wishes Fantasia the best in her endeavors, including her forthcoming studio album.
"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," Mitzi Miller, Editor in Chief of JET, reported Friday.
As widely reported, Fantasia was upset by the cover, claiming that the magazine had new photos, that she provided, and insisted that those should have been used. Taking it a step further, she demanded an apology from the magazine.
"This saddens me. It is clear that this picture is 10 years old and JET magazine puts it on the cover!! After I send them the new look and direction... sad. I want a public apology from JET," Fantasia wrote in a public message Wednesday. "Now I'm not sure if the interview is correct."
In related news, Wendy Williams addressed the cover photo controversy on her show Friday. After contacting JET, Williams read a statement and showcased the publicity photos that Fantasia and her team provided. The photos showcased the new direction Fantasia referred to, but featured objects in the background.
Nonetheless, JET is proud of the story that is published in the magazine and encourages fans to pick up the new issue.
"JET continues to root for Fantasia's success and encourages her fans to pick up the new issue," said Mitzi Miller, Editor in Chief of JET.