When people learned that Beyonce was named People’s most beautiful woman in the world, many folks were split into a few camps: the overjoyed stans, the Bey haters, those who couldn’t care less, and those of us who felt that Bey topping the list was long overdue. Not because she’s actually THE most beautiful person in the world (how can anyone know for sure?), but because the list is basically a popularity contest, and love her or hate her, Bey has “ruled the (pop) world” for a few years now. But when I saw a few of the spread’s photos…well, then I knew there was a problem.

Let me set a few things straight first: Yes, I understand People, despite its name, is geared toward a mainstream (read: white) audience, so picking Bey as “the most beautiful” woman as opposed to, say, Kerry Washington, was inevitable. And while I wish they’d also include  “browner” women on the cover, I do think Beyonce gracing the oft-very-white cover is a good move. But while I appreciate her inclusion, I don’t appreciate the photogs & retouchers making her look like a white woman. I mean, come on.

Whether you think Beyonce is black or not (I’ve never debated this, to me, she’s black), when the world sees her…they see a black woman–topping the charts, strolling through NYC with her baby, and cuddling up to her husband and enjoying the game. But the People mag photos have seemed to taking out one of her key elements: her color.

I’m not sure what they were thinking (perhaps selling more covers?), but not only does this particular picture of Bey look amazing pale (yes, she’s light-skinned, but she has color, c’mon), but her lips look awkward (non-existent?) and the picture they  chose just makes her look…odd.

What’s not in doubt is that Beyonce is a beautiful woman; she’s an absolute stunner. Hailing her as “the most beautiful woman in the world” and then making her look very, very strange doesn’t seem like much of an honor to me. Bey deserved better than a picture that did little to tout her beauty.

C’mon People, is this really the best you’ve got?

  • Kanyade

    Hmmm….. +1

  • QCastle

    She actually looks like a wax figure. And the reason people question her blackness is because she is attractive. I was watching Basketball wives the other night and realized how light Shaunie O’neil is.I never hear anyone question her blackness even though she is lighter than Beyonce.We cant accept a black women who is attractive as undeniably black. She atleast gotta have some Indian in her.Damshame really!

  • http://www.itsoftenbeensaid.wordpress.com Sasha

    I agree, the picture is very unflattering.

  • Queen

    I noticed the retouching as well. They’re starting to do this more and more with Beyonce. Mind flashes back to the *Covergirl* commericals, where her hertiage was marketed as African American, Native American, and French. And not to mention her new albums promos.

    I’ve always been a Beyonce fan and while I’m happy to see her on the cover. I feel as though she bears some responsibility in the way she’s being respresented. Doesn’t she see “some” of the photos beforehand (of course she may not have seen this one before hand) but I’m pretty sure she has some leverage to say yay or naw when it comes to photos. Now this is not to say that the magazines don’t bare any responsability…I’m just saying.

  • http://1stamend-kisa-kisa.blogspot.com/ kisa

    @YB, I agree with you 100%. Beyonce has complete and total creative and directive control over any and everything that has her name on it. King Bey put out those pics, People only published them.

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