Beyoncé in Blackface: A Tribute to Fela Kuti

For L'Officiel's magazine's 90th birthday, Beyoncé darkened her skin to "return to her African roots."

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For its 90th-birthday issue, French magazine L'Officiel will feature Beyoncé in an African-themed photo shoot. In the shoot, which is a tribute to musician-activist Fela Kuti, the pop songstress's skin will be darkened. (She volunteered.) But only on the inside of the magazine will readers see Beyoncé with the new skin tone.

Sista, from Brown Sista blog, thinks that Beyoncé's skin on the cover has been lightened and brightened with a good stroke of Photoshop:

Beyoncé is almost unrecognizable to me, as her skin color has once again been manipulated by magazine editors so as not to offend their mostly white female audience.

And this isn't the first time that Beyoncé's skin has been lightened. Remember her 2008 L'Oréal ad?

What do you think of the cover and Beyoncé's temporarily darker skin tone?

Read more at Brown Sista.

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