Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Beyonce's Skin Darkened For L'Officiel Magazine: Offensive Or Artistic?

Beyonce is back in the news in a major way and  we talking about her skin color..again. The pop star is in the L'Officiel Paris' 90th anniversary issue and she poses in traditional African clothes whilst paying homage to Fela Kuti.Well the blogshere is up in arms about B's skin being darkened for the shoot

Jezebel's Dodai Stewart writes:
When you paint your face darker in order to look more "African," aren't you reducing an entire continent, full of different nations, tribes, cultures and histories, into one brown color? [....] What if Beyonce were an Asian singer painted to look like a geisha, or given exaggeratedly almond eyes? Perhaps even more important: By painting Beyoncé's face darker, aren't the French fashion editors basically treating her like they would a white model, i.e. a blank-palette object on which to place concepts? And not an actual, authentic black person with African heritage?

Hmmm what do you think about this? I personally think this is a much to do about nothing. I don't know if it's really offensive to wear a "blackface" if you are already black. I dig the fact that Beyonce is honoring Fela and is at paying homage to her African roots. I hate so say this but a lot of African Americans dont recognize their African roots and for Beyonce to acknowledge her ancestry in such an international publication is a really big freakin deal (in the words of VP Joe Biden)

Chime in, I want to hear your thoughts.

Click in to see video from the shoot:


1 comment

  1. Offensive but this is not a first for Bey, she did it before & people didn't like it then either. She's such an attention-h...og. lol. She should stick to performing & make new music.


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