Beyonce’s photo shoot for L’Officiel Paris‘ 90th anniversary issue. Knowles posed in traditional African clothes in tribute to Fela Kuti. According to a statement from L’Officiel, the thematics and images are a return to the singer’s ‘African roots’. ”Far from the glamorous Sasha Fierce, the beauty posed for the magazine with amazing fashion designers clothes, but also in a dress created by her mother. [It is] A return to her African roots, as you can see on the picture, on which her face was voluntarily darkened. All the pictures will be available in the collector edition, on sell at the end of this month.” See a behind the scenes look in the video below.
Beyonce Knowles has faced controversy with skin color from ad campaigns for skin lightening, now images of her depicting the singer in ‘Blackface’ has blogs buzzing with controversy. However, this is not actually the first time the Houston native had her image darkened for a beautiful photo or film sequence.
In Dreamgirls, Knowles was depicted in various stylized fashion editorial sequences for a film montage. Not only was Knowles’ character in the film beautiful celebrity, but also in an era of Civil Rights. I, for one, can appreciate the images of Knowles as one of appreciation and tribute to icons like Fela Kuti and Grace Jones. However, I can also appreciate the conversation with words like ‘African Roots’ and ‘Blackface’ have meant overtime. I’m not keen on being quick to call industries or companies racist or bigoted, nor am I one to depreciate the efforts of Beyonce to not only express herself but also extend herself and charity work as an American, a Black woman, and female. I do believe, these photos are beautiful and can understand a degree of concern. However, last time I checked, Beyonce is an Independent woman, who knows herself and her own boundaries, as well as the ability to say no. Knowles, I’m sure, as well as all the persons who took part in the editorial, from stylists, photographer, editor, and more had an idea to pay tribute, not disrespect.