Beyoncé, Fela Kuti and a make-up furore

Single Ladies singer Beyoncé has been criticised and caused controversy over a recent photo shoot in which she had her face blackened with make up. Beyoncé had taken part in the shoot for the French fashion magazine L’Officiel.

Beyoncé wore dark make-up for the L'Officiel shoot

The magazine has defended the photo shoot, which was for its 90th anniversary edition, saying that Beyoncé had her skin darkened in tribute to Africsn singer and rights activist Fela Kuti.

L’Officiel said in a statement: “The designs are all reflective of the African influence on fashion this season.As for the artistic make-up, the inspiration came from several African rituals during which paint is used on the face. We find the images beautiful and inspiring.”

However, critics have claimed that the skin-darkening is offensive and unsuitable to be used as a tribute to Kuti.

There has been no comment from Beyoncé’s camp.

In other Beyoncé news: Queen B has confirmed that she will be headlining Glastonbury 2011 and will be performing on the prestigious Pyramid Stage like her husband Jay-Z did in 2008. In a statement Beyoncé said of Glastonbury : “This really is the biggest festival in the world and I cannot wait to perform there,”

Also, Beyoncé is reportedly 1 song away fom completing her latest LP.

What do you think about the photos, and will you be looking forward to seeing Beyoncé at Glastonbury?

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One thought on “Beyoncé, Fela Kuti and a make-up furore

  1. This is a very interesting article. If anyone knows about the type of culture from where the magazine comes from they would understand that in that particular country a light face is their way and there is a stigma about darker skin to them, but since they did not lighten her face there should be no offense taken. I think it is great that a darker skin model is welcome. If beyonce’s face was lightened with make-up then I think we would be talking about racial profiling. I beleive the tides are changing in the fashion and film industry and I think it’s great!!!

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