Beyonce poses for controversial photos

French magazine L’Officiel is about to release its 90th anniversary issue, and Beyonce has posed for the occasion, in some photos that some might find a teensy bit offensive.  Beyonce, who has quite fair skin naturally, agreed to darken her face with makeup for the photos in order to appear more like an “African queen” and get “back to her roots.”

Why an African queen couldn’t have lighter skin is anybody’s guess, and it’s a question that will no doubt come up again and again, as the pictures have already ruffled a few feathers both in France and internationally.  Beyonce, however, stands by the photos, and L’Officiel’s statement is that Beyonce volunteered to wear the dark makeup, so that makes it okay.

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    L’OFFICIEL is very proud to present its March issue featuring Beyoncé in African-inspired dresses and jewelry by top designers, including Gucci, Azzedine Alaia, Fendi, Pucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Rodarte, Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier and Lanvin. Designer Tina Knowles, who is also Beyoncé’s mother, created a one of a kind couture piece. The designs are all reflective of the African influence on fashion this season. Miss Knowles poses with royal allure. A queen, a goddess, Beyoncé is a bombshell beauty with a divine voice. We’re thrilled she’s opening a season of celebrating the 90th anniversary of L’Officiel de la Mode. The series was conceived as using art and fashion in paying homage to African queens.

    Beyoncé mentioned the artist Fela Kuti in the interview as one of her musical inspirations. It was later misquoted as the inspiration for the shoot. We would like to clarify that it is not the case. As for the artistic makeup, the inspiration came from several African rituals during which paint is used on the face. We find the images beautiful and inspiring.

    L’Officiel would like to thank Beyoncé for her outstanding contribution to this celebration of African influences in Fashion.

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