Those damn French. NYDaily News reports:
Beyoncé’s latest photo shoot came under fire Wednesday when images of the singer’s famous face appeared in the pages of a French fashion magazine – covered in dark paint. L’Officiel Paris chose the diva to don different colorful garbs and headpieces in a nod to Nigerian musician and human rights activist Fela Kuti in an “African Queen”-themed 90th anniversary issue. The publication issued a statement, asserting that Beyoncé was “voluntarily darkened” and that the entire shoot was a tribute to the star’s “African roots.” “The designs are all reflective of the African influence on fashion this season,” the magazine said in a statement. “As for the artistic make-up, the inspiration came from several African rituals during which paint is used on the face.”
I’m not black nor am I a white person in a cardigan who gets easily offended for others, so I don’t know how offensive this actually is. Maybe my one black friend will tell me. Let me go ask him. BRB.