If you weren’t offended enough the first time, I’ve got way more photos of Beyonce’s “Blackface” photo shoot.
L’Officiel magazine sent over a statement asking me to clarify a few things.
First… the shoot was NOT done as a tribute to Nigerian human rights activist and musician Fela Kuti, as was first reported, but was meant as a homage to all African queens.
Second… the magazine wants you to know that Beyonce’s controversial “Blackface” makeup is actually inspired by “African rituals during which paint is used on the face”. [insert side-eye here].
I don’t profess to know any African rituals, and maybe all the talk of Beyonce lightening her skin has exacerbated (big word, look it up) the situation, but the photos have definitely created quite a stir and most people don’t, can’t or won’t see their artistic vision.
Whatever the case, Beyonce is back on the hotline and that’s all that matters!
More photos, video & outtakes from Beyonce’s controversial shoot + read L’Officiel’s full statement below:
Thanks for the post ATL!
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.