It must be a great feeling to be Beyonce Knowles-Z – a strong, black, female role model for millions around the world.
That is, unless a cosmetics company decide to make you white. Then you kind of fall down on part of that description.
It would seem that the make-up behemoths at L’Oreal may just be the types to force this kind of change on the young diva, with claims being made that Beyonce‘s skin tone has been lightened for a magazine ad. The company dispute these allegations.
You know – ‘whitening’ things up to make them more palatable to the masses. They did it with every other element of black culture – the music, the clothing, the lingo – why not start trying to make black celebrities white too?
Okay, so maybe we’re going a bit overboard with it – but it’s Friday, and hecklerspray has some drinkin’ to get done. It’s maybe not as bad as that.
No, it doesn’t appear to be L’Oreal‘s version of ‘ethnic cleansing’, more the result of a dodgy photo editing job.
The advert in question shows Beyonce after she’s done one of those hair dying things that girls seem to like so much – 100 per cent grey cover and all that. When the advert image of Bouncy is placed next to any other picture of her, it’s clear to see there’s something not quite right
She looks a bit Michael Jacksoned, frankly, with lighter skin and fairer hair. And it’s a bit frightening.
The claims – which began on everyone’s favourite website TMZ – were quick to be refuted by L’Oreal Paris. They said:
“We highly value our relationship with Ms. Knowles. It is categorically untrue that L’Oreal Paris altered Ms. Knowles’ features or skin tone in the campaign for Feria hair color.”
Which is all well and good, and it’s not like us to be disbelieving of a multi-national corporation like this, but… well – just look at the pictures. While it may well be true that the company had no idea they had ‘whitened’ Beyonce, it cannot be denied that she looks a lot more like a white chick than she normally does.
Which conjures up awful, awful, awful imagery of a possible Wayans Brothers sequel. Something surely not out of the question with the re-makery on show in Hollywood today.