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Ever since images from Beyone’s photo shoot for L’Officiel Paris’s March 2011 spread leaked, many have debated whether the fashion industry has gone too far. The choice to darken the singer’s face for a Fela Kuti inspired shoot — titled African Queen — left a sour taste on the palate of even the most discerning fashion aficionados. Others argue that people are being too sensitive and praise the work of photographer Mark Pillai.  

Now that the official images are out, what do you think of the controversial spread? High fashion or highly offensive?

  • Sugar Brown Tan

    Beyonce sells.
    Beyonce’s safe.
    Actual black skin, unwanted.
    Game over.

  • Jaz

    @Zenele – You sound ignorant and very condescending. Whether in Africa or born there, our heritage is of African Descent, so therefore WE ARE AFRICANS, just in America. To be African has nothing to do with knowing all the languages, nations, cultures, customs, and anything of the like. It has EVERYTHING to do with being from or having descendants Africa and nothing more and nothing less. Get off your high a** horse, This is why American Africans and Native Africans can’t get along. At the end of the day we’re all called n***** and we’re all in this fight together. Sit down.

  • Tiffany W.

    You sound angry, Zanele.

    But in the great words of Paul Mooney, “Naw, you got it twisted. We’re mad at you. We waited, and no one came for us!!!”

  • Melinda

    Well said,Sugar Brown Tan.

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