Elle Magazine Mixes Up Black Actresses NeNe Leakes And Danai Gurira; Faces Backlash [PHOTOS]

on January 25 2013 11:55 AM

Elle Magazine held a "Women In Television" dinner in West Hollywood, but the event did not end without drama.

"Housewives of Atlanta" reality star and actress Nene Leakes was in attendance.

NeNe Leakes NeNe Leakes  Reuters

Also in attendance was "The Walking Dead" actress Danai Gurira. 

Danai Gurira Danai Gurira attends Elle Magazine event 'Women in Television'  'The Walking Dead' Wiki

Elle Magazine mistakenly captured a photo of Gurira on the red carpet and posted it on their Instagram account along with the caption, “@NeNeLeakes looking gorgeous in @alexanderwang and @hof_diamonds #ellewitv.”

Elle Magazine Instagram Elle Magazine mistakenly identifies Gurira as Leakes  Twitter

The magazine immediately received backlash before it had a chance to correct the error and delete the improper caption.

“Wow highly disappointed! Its bad enough that black actresses and black women in general are almost invisible in Hollywood and fashion, now a major fashion publication cannot seem to tell them apart. A huge fail Elle!” one black female commenter wrote.

“She is gorgeous. She is not Nene Leakes! We don’t all look alike,” another minority woman said.

Even Leakes, who wore a curve-hugging black dress, replied, saying , "@ The Elle Women in Television event! So funny how these event work! I’m glad I know who I Am.”

She then retweeted Elle magazine’s original tweet and commented, “Funny as hell” before saying “@ELLEmagazine so funny how you guys invite us & don’t know us apart.”

Elle Magazine eventually corrected the error, stating, “Apologies–clearly someone on our team needs glasses! The fabulous Danai Gurira looking stunning as ever!”