Beyoncé’s New Alter Ego: Blackface

February 21, 2011  |  

When will people learn? Blackface works for no one, that is, unless you’re in Bamboozled of course. But anywho, the Queen B did the ultimate no-no (according to a lot of folk) when she most recently posed for French magazine L’Officiel in blackface. The shoot was supposed to be a way to honor the life of Nigerian AfroBeat master Fela Kuti and also to celebrate the 90th birthday of the fashion magazine. But the broohaha over it is reaching its height, as many are wondering why the singer being dressed in African clothing and scrapping the literal “black face” couldn’t have been enough, as if her skin isn’t dark enough to qualify for what an African person looks like. Others have questioned why only her face and not her entire body was colored, or how having a blackface has anything at all to do with Fela Kuti!? The magazine stands by the shoot and throws Sasha Fierce’s alter ego underneath the bus by saying she volunteered to have her face painted:

“She agreed to pose for an incredible fashion shoot, with the theme of African Queen, paying a tribute to the legendary Fela Kuti…A return to her African roots, as you can see on the picture, on which her face was voluntarily darkened.”

Beyoncé is no stranger to controversy over her photoshoots, as many ragged on L’Oreal Paris and the singer/actress for supposedly digitally whitening her skin in one of their ads for Feria hair color. Now on the opposite side of the tracks, she’s in the news for doing blackface.

So is Beyoncé in the wrong for agreeing to go that far for fashion? Is there anything wrong with the magazine spread to you? Is it ever okay to do blackface? Let us know below.

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