Beyonce graces L’Officiel Paris' March issue in celebration of their 90 years of existence as an African Queen in honor of the late Fela Kuti.
For the French-impaired what you see above means:
The fashion magazine is about to celebrate its 90th birthday. To celebrate this anniversary, the festivities start with the March issue, with Beyoncé on the cover. The star agreed to pose for an incredible fashion shoot, with the theme of African Queen, paying a tribute to the legendary Fela Kuti (Nigerian political singer who died in 1997). Far from the glamorous Sasha Fierce, the beauty posed for the magazine in amazing fashion designer clothes, but also in a dress created by her mother. 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 sale at the end of this month.
Now this is where controversy kicks in----------->>
Now i don't get why there's so much talk about her painting her face darker. I mean...for crying out loud...the babe is black! She's just light skinned and if she has to depict something which is so African then why not? Its art...I'm sure there's adequate freedom to express ourselves and i don't see why people are making so much noise about it. If she was white then they'll be justified to a degree(even if i still won't see anything wrong in it). Its unnecessary negativity if you ask me! But still though i don't see why she couldn't have been painted all over and not just her face because thats what is causing the stir seeing as she looks a lot like black-face which is derogatory to black Americans and also i don't see anything Fela about it..maybe the article inside it...but besides that nada! I saw a comment asking if Alek Wek was too busy that they had to pick Beyonce. Realistically, if Alek Wek was on the cover, it would just be like every other typical fashion issue with an African/Black theme and nothing more. I'm not a Beyonce Stan neither have i ever considered myself a fan but this had to be said. Every step she takes is either over-criticized or over-analyzed and its seriously getting tiring.