Beyonce’s Controversial ‘L’Officiel’ Magazine Shoot (PHOTOS)

Feb 24th, 2011 // 4 Comments

It’s not like Beyonce to be caught up in controversey, but her latest cover spread for France’s L’Officiel magazine has the pop star in the hot seat. When photos from the Glastonbury headliner‘s issue surfaced many were quick to call the business lady’s makeup “black face”. The Parisian fashion mag refuted claims, saying their intention for the special 90th anniversary edition was to honor Africa’s influence in fashion: “As for the artistic make-up, the inspiration came from several African rituals during which paint is used on the face.” There are other rumors that the L’Oreal spokesmodel wanted to pay tribute to musician and human rights activist Fela Kuti. Which do you believe? Were you offended by B’s shoot?

  1. Commented on this photo:

    Not at all I think its a beautiful pic, and a great concept…People just love to find things to be mad about…get over it

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    Thanks for the post !

    L’OFFICIEL is very proud to present its March issue featuring Beyoncé in African-inspired dresses and jewelry by top designers, including Gucci, Azzedine Alaia, Fendi, Pucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Rodarte, Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier and Lanvin. Designer Tina Knowles, who is also Beyoncé’s mother, created a one of a kind couture piece. The designs are all reflective of the African influence on fashion this season. Miss Knowles poses with royal allure. A queen, a goddess, Beyoncé is a bombshell beauty with a divine voice. We’re thrilled she’s opening a season of celebrating the 90th anniversary of L’Officiel de la Mode. The series was conceived as using art and fashion in paying homage to African queens.

    Beyoncé mentioned the artist Fela Kuti in the interview as one of her musical inspirations. It was later misquoted as the inspiration for the shoot. We would like to clarify that it is not the case. As for the artistic makeup, the inspiration came from several African rituals during which paint is used on the face. We find the images beautiful and inspiring.

    L’Officiel would like to thank Beyoncé for her outstanding contribution to this celebration of African influences in Fashion.

  3. Christine M
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    I think it’s gorgeous.. Beyonce actually looks beautiful with the dark skin..

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